Friday, August 12, 2022

Miserable Tykes, UK (1920's), USA (1938)

This is a copy of a blog entry that I posted in 2006.  It seems strange to read this since all of  my sisters are now deceased.

In 2006 my blogger friend Big John from England posted a blog entitled “A not too neat and tidy trio” and he featured the picture that you see here. I found it very amusing and I especially loved the expressions on the three little tykes.I left this comment: “It reminds me of the Staples TV commercial…that shows the Dad racing around the store gathering school supplies for his kids. He is ecstatic because school is starting and he's singing (to the Christmas tune) It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and then the camera trains on the kids and , I swear, they have expressions on their faces just like the two older children in your photo. Priceless!”

Now, imagine my surprise when my oldest sister, Mary, (age 80) sent me this photo for Christmas. She had it framed and wrote, “Merry Christmas, Joy & Peace” across the inside ! You can see that she retains a good sense of humor. I immediately thought of John’s picture and how similar they are.

I am the youngest of 5 girls and when I asked Mary where our middle sister Nancy was she said that none of us wanted to have our picture taken that day, but only Nancy was brave enough to stamp her foot and run off. She was, and is, the rebel of the family.

I guess children have their miserable days just like we adults do… but somehow you don’t expect to see it in family photos. There is something very appealing about these two pictures, however. You can almost hear the big sighs and read their thoughts…”you can make us pose, but you can’t make us smile !”


Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

Thanks for sharing this, Ginnie. I love it!

3:24 PM  
Blogger ApacheDug said...

You did get a wry grin from me on these 2 photos being so similar Ginnie, but I still don't understand the glum faces? I know it was a different time, but my goodness :^)

4:15 PM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

I see those expressions on our grandchildren these days. Great photos!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Love those two shots. Could have been my family. I understand. When that age, I hated family picture times and tried to look the meanest I could. As I grew older, I became a ham and grinned hard for every picture.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Those photos are too funny. Thanks for the laugh.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Joared said...

That's funny!

1:04 AM  

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