Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wistful Wednesday: Christmas 1959

This is a Christmas photo that my Mom took in 1959.

Christmas Connie and Carey 1959

We are on the front porch of the farm house..I am not sure why the tree was out there all covered in tinsel and all. Perhaps this was the winter that some construction was going on inside the house and the tree was better off in the porch.  In early 1960  we got an indoor bathroom and a real tub. That would have been a good enough Christmas present!   No more cold freeze your butt off outhouse seat. No more sharing of the bath water in a galvanized wash tub.

I guess I must have gotten a life size doll so I could practice being a good babysitter or something.  I have no recollection of playing with that doll very much..it had eyes that closed when you laid it down. 

That is my baby brother Carey in the photo..with one of those snazzy shirts that my Mom used to sew for him.  I think that one was flannel and it had horses on it..gosh I loved horses..he didn’t care very much for them..yet he got the horse curtains and the horse shirts..and look at that.. he didn’t even tuck in his shirt or pose for the camera:)

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21 comments:

  1. Great shot and even better story. I've got several Christmas shots like that one, that cause me to wonder and try to remember.

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  2. Wonderful photo, and story. I never cease to be amazed at just how much of our world has changed in one lifetime, and how much hasn't. I could look at old photographs for hours, just imaging the stories behind them.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. My doll that I had with eyes that closed was a Bride Doll, and I loved it so much until the eyes got bashed in somehow. Then it was just scary! Love your old photos, Connie.

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  4. I have a picture somewhere with the same haircut - - but mine was super straight. Mom had a fit because it wouldn't curl. She sewed dresses for us but never made shirts or even PJs for the boys that I remember. Time flies cuz it really wasn't that long ago we were kids - - right?!!

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  5. Love the picture and the story. I just love looking at these old (but really not so very old) pictures.

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  6. I had a doll just like that. Your brother's shirt is cute!

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  7. Ungrateful brother! LOL!
    I had a similar doll, I think. Mine had a cloth body and rubber arms and a hard plastic head. My brother smashed her head open against the basement wall. Well, I did get to see the back side of her eyes that closed, but brothers can be hellions! ;)

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  8. Carey was showing you what the dolls eyes do when you lay her down:)
    Great photo!

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  9. That's a great photo, and it's wonderful how many memories it brings up. Thanks for sharing them! I need to go looking for my old family photos, but first I need to clear out some junk so I have space to look at them!

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  10. Love the photo! Your so cute with your doll but hon, I've got to admit...it looks like little brother is checkin' the doll out! Heeehehe!

    God bless ya sweetie and have a great day!!! :o)

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  11. I love the picture! As always love to hear about your memory's.

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  12. Hmmm, interesting place for the tree - maybe your mother didn't like the tinsel and dropped needles all over the house!!
    I got a doll like your's about the same year. I think mine was a Tiny Tears doll. I wasn't much of a doll person - I preferred my stuffed animals and later my plastic horses.
    Did your mom sew all of your clothes too?

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  13. Baby brother also has his eyes closed. You could do a biography of you life with the pictures you use.
    You tell an interesting story with your photos.

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  14. Just catching up a bit, looks like it was a wonder Christmas! Love this old photo, just precious! Here's to a Happy New Year ::cheers:: :)

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  15. Indoor plumbing- that really would have been a great present.
    I had one of those giant dolls around that time too.

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  16. Oh, I love these old pics. My childhood looks very similar...

    Pearl

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  17. It is a neat photo. I do remember 1959 clearly as we moved into a new ranch house during the winter from a very cold out building, chicken house, with the outdoor toilet.

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  18. Love that doll! I am looking for a life-sized doll for me, but have never seen a face I can't live without (so that I can "sneak" it below my daughter's radar).

    Congrats on your blogging, by the way.

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  19. I was still a toddler when my family got the running water and the bathtub.

    How did our mother's do it?

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