Friday, September 21, 2007

Photos found at Mom Mom's House, 1951 and 1952

Christmas 1951, Debbie was just about 2 months and 2 weeks old. Mom Mom Helen Estilow is feeding Deb on the top left photo and on the right Mom Mom Olive Thomas gets a turn.

In front of the Christmas tree is the proud mother Pearl, a woman that I can't ID and Mom Mom Olive. On the right Debbie is in her christening dress.

The top photo below is Pop Pop Samuel Estilow at Ernie and Olive Thomas's house for the christening.

The rest are February and March of 1952, some are from Biloxi, MS. Deb is looking a look bigger. Neat shot of Mom Mom and Pop Pop Estilow and their dog. Remember that you can click on the photos to see a larger version.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Scan of Yearbook Photo - Class of 1969

This is Deb's yearbook photo for her senior year. Class of 1969 at Gateway Regional High School. The first class to graduate from the new high school. The photo is a bit dimpled looking because it is a scan of a photo that was printed on textured low gloss paper.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

102 North Monroe before Alterations

Sorry for the fuzzy image and yellow tint. It was taken hand held with available light. When I first saw it I thought that it was Mom Mom Estilow's house in Bridgeton, but now I see that it is Roger counting what might be newspaper money with Dee looking on.

If you don't recognize the wall behind Roger it is because it is long gone, replaced by a counter. The gas stove behind Dee was replaced by an electric stove on the west outside wall and a counter put up along that whole wall. The sink was also updated. The stairs behind Dee's shoulder were closed off and left accessible only from the living room. Dee tells me that she used to perch on those steps and watch Mom cook. Sometimes Dad would bring home a whole crate of kale and Mom would scald it and freeze it to eat during the winter.

Most alterations to the house were made in 1968. Two carpenters, Weller and Yost, did the work. They installed the bathroom and shower downstairs where previously there had only been a breakfast nook. The redid the upstairs bathroom. Next they finished the attic. They were good workers and did a good job with the complex angle cuts on the trim in the attic.

A portable dishwasher was usually stationed where the steps had been. This was taken in late 1964 or early 1965. I have the pewter candlestick in the foreground. - Bob