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31
Mar

A Portrait of an Independent and Courageous Woman…My Grandmother

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This is my favorite photo of my Grandma, Kay Padovano, circa 1944 when she was about 18 years old. She was the eldest daughter in her family and her parents, recent Italian immigrants, expected her not to marry and to stay home and take care of them as per family traditions of the time. This […]

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29
Mar

My Grandfather’s Camera Captured our Family History

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Meet my grandmother and her five children. My dad is the guy in the white shirt more focused on his snack than what everyone else is looking at. Like father, like daughter! I don’t know where they were, or where they were going, but I know they were probably getting there with all of them […]

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28
Mar

My Favorite Easter Dress, Saved for my Daughter

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Easter Sunday. Way before the days of Frozen and mass-market Princess everything, my mother bought this Alice in Wonderland dress while we were on vacation in Disney World. I was about 7 or 8 and it was a BIG purchase only worn on special occasions…this was no plastic costume! There was a petticoat and a […]

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26
Mar

A Classic Snapshot of a New York City Wedding in the 1940s

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This is one of my parents’ wedding photos, circa 1943 in New York City at the Hotel Roosevelt. They’re the couple on the left. Guy Lombardo and his orchestra were playing in the hotel this particular night. When Mr. Lombardo was told that a young couple in the room had just been married, he played […]

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25
Mar

My Southern Family Roots Run Deep

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You’re never too old to have a little fun! Meet me grandmother, Cornelia II, who taught me so much…about bourbon. I’m Cornelia the IV, named after her. And my daughter, born only a few months ago, is also named Cornelia! My grandmother was a remarkable lady, but it’s the “Gentleman” that’s also worth noticing. When […]

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24
Mar

This Adorable Couple Forged True Love that Lasted a Lifetime

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This adorable couple is my maternal Grandmother and Granddad. They met in the Spring of 1939 when my Granddad was on a date with her older sister. These two started dating soon after. They got married in Reno, Nevada in December of 1941, one week after Pearl Harbor. They went on to raise 6 children. […]

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22
Mar

This Family Photo Captures How I Learned to Travel

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This photo defines the way I learned to travel — cheaply. With little money growing up, my parents made adventuring about road trips, exploring on foot and free entry. It taught me that you don’t need much to enjoy and capture this big world. Ours heart becomes full with new sights, sounds and smells, all […]

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21
Mar

This Old Family Photo Proves Why Ancestry is Pretty Cool

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Ancestry is pretty darn cool. Here’s a family picture I found tonight that I’ve never seen before. My great-grandfather Adolf Koerber and 6 of his 7 sons. Aren’t they handsome!? These are my grandmother’s brothers, so they’re my great-uncles. My grandmother talked about them all the time, so it’s so fun to see them now. […]

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18
Mar

My Mother Raised Me to Be Strong, Courageous and Confident

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When Mom dressed us, fed us, took care of everything…remember?! In this old family photo, I’m grateful for Mom dressing me in the height of 70’s fashion & not Garanimals. 🙂 My single mother worked two, sometimes three, jobs but I never, ever knew we were money-poor, as we were so rich in love. Looking […]

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18
Mar

She Lost Her Family. Now She’s Finding Them by Creating Collages from Old Family Photos.

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Stories are the lifeblood of family history. They keep us connected to those who represent our past, and they bond us to those who fill our present-day lives. But what happens when family stories are missing key chapters? What if some family stories are tragically broken? For one documentary photographer, family photos are keys to reconciling her fractured past with […]

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