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15
Mar

My Dad Being a Hipster Before Being a Hipster Was Even a Trend

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Just look at my dad being all hipster before it was even a thing. Pretty sure he doesn’t have skinny jeans on though. . My dad never had a mustache or beard normally, but he grew it out special for our town’s 100th anniversary. They were going to have an ‘old settler’s beard & mustache […]

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14
Mar

The Woman Who Inspired me and Forever Changed the Course of my Life and Career

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Meet my grandmother, Ada Sawyer Cooper. She graduated from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1922, with a degree in what was the precursor to Fashion Design. . She bought me my first sewing machine. She taught me how to draft patterns. She told me always trust your eye, never a ruler, because there’s not one single […]

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13
Mar

My Mod Mother, Pictured in the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1970s

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My beautiful mother turned 86 this month, so I knew I had to share this glam photo of her, in Hawaii in the early 1970s. She had traveled to the islands to meet up with my dad, who was deployed in Vietnam. As she says, he needed some R&R. . This photo captures the era […]

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07
Mar

An Engagement Photo of my Parents Reveals Natural Beauty and an Enduring Family Legacy

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This was my parent’s engagement photo, circa 1976 in Southern Illinois. I love this shot because it is a natural pose in a natural setting. It’s not overdone or forced, like some photography today. No photoshop, no frills, just natural beauty. . Plus, it captures both of them so perfectly and they look so happy […]

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03
Mar

Meet my Grandmother Georgia, a Woman With Big Hair and an Even Bigger Heart

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Meet my Grandmother, Georgia, with her big hair and her big heart. . Here she is, lounging and looking glamorous while visiting my parents in Alaska in the 1970s. . The local paper, The Nome Nugget, even raved about her beauty. . Unfortunately her battle with MS took her beauty and eventually her life. But […]

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28
Feb

If I Could Only Rescue One Object from my Burning House, This Family Photo is What I Would Save

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If my house was on fire, and I could only rescue one object, this is what I would take. It is a portrait of my great-great-grandmother, Palma Fantasia. It is the only item that still survives my family’s passage from Italy through Ellis island in 1907. This is what my great-grandmother brought to remember her […]

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10
Feb

A Musical Family Legacy that Began with my Great Great Grandmother Eve

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This is my great great grandmother Eve (pronounced Eva) Winberg Creagh. Last night I played with the Orchestra At Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. At one point they invited us to stand if we had a family member who is serving or who has served in the choir. I got to stand because […]

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13
Jan

When All You Want to Do is Take a Nap, but Someone Snaps your Photo Instead

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We hope your weekend looks a lot like this. Yesterday marked a big birthday for my dad. As I was thinking of him, I looked through my baby book and came across this picture, which I had previously overlooked. The image was captured in 1963, and I learned that he had just come home from […]

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12
Jan

What is a Photo Organizer, and How Can They Help You Untangle Your Photo Mess and Tackle Your Family History Projects?

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We’ve all been there. And it feels overwhelming. There’s just something daunting about standing in front of a closet filled with dusty boxes of family photos,  thinking, “where do I even begin!?” That’s when the guilt starts to take over. But don’t worry! You’re not the only one who has felt this way; we all have. That’s […]

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09
Jan

Can You Help Solve this Mystery? (Join over Twenty-Thousand Others Who Followed this Fascinating Story.)

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Some stories need to be told. As the Photo Detective, my passion is solving photo mysteries, especially ones that seem unsolvable! By discovering and deciphering clues in pictures, I can tell their tale. But sometimes it takes the right person to add a key detail that puts all of the pieces together, to reveal the full […]

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