Nov 15, 2008

The Unknown Newlyweds


This is the largest of all my found photos, roughly 17.5x22.5 inches with frame. There is a story how I came in possession of it. Back in my college days in Indiana I had a summer job working with a grass-roots type of organization, utility watch dog, all that. It was going door-to-door daily. I got in quite a good shape thanks to all the walking, and got soaked by summer showers more than once.

At one evening, at the end of my route I knocked on the door of an older couple and they invited me in. Just to make small conversation I remarked on the carved wooden figures over the fireplace. The woman said she picked them up at a yard sale. I replied that I liked yard sales too, though I was collecting old photographs. She looked at me, told me to to hold on, and left the room. She came back with the big wedding picture.

It originally belonged to an elderly neighbor - it was her wedding. The man in the picture, her husband has passed away. When this old neighbor, the bride, passed away too the heirs didn't want the picture, so the neighbor I was talking to took it. However she didn't know what to do with it either, so just kept it in the basement. She was happy to give it to me, seemed relieved. So the picture now hangs in my living room.

6 comments:

altadenahiker said...

Around WW1 you think? He looks so handsome, but doomed somehow. She looks so determined.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Roaring 20's. My grandmother married around 28 but not in white (purple, I have the dress). I wonder if diamonds were being passed at this time. Search time on W. They are a really pretty couple

Vanda said...

Twenties sounds about right. I'm sure there is a couture historian out there who could tell just by looking at her dress. It just reminds me of some old movies.

Pasadenaadjacent, purple dress? And what do you mean by diamonds being passed out?

KChristieH said...

I agree - around the late 20's.

My question is: why didn't the heirs want it? I'd never give up a picture like this of relatives!!

Petrea said...

Twenties. The dress is short - flapper. Very stylish. They're a gorgeous couple, probably well-to-do.

I love the story, Vanda.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Married and buried in purple. White weddings came about because of Queen Victoria. She was wed in white. I was thinking about diamonds as engagement rings and when that came about.