All Singing! All Dancing! from the Archives
August is the month where I succumb to the Texas heat, and hide out in the house with cooling beverages. I use this month to catch up on organizational tasks that don’t take much energy, like watching my Craftsy classes, updating my book catalog, and scanning and documenting the old photographs I pick up at antique stores.
This year is different though, because I have received boxes and boxes of photographs and letters from my husband’s family, and in sorting through those, I am finding amazing treasures to share.
This first batch is from Aunt Millie, who was born in about 1910. As a young person, she lived in Seattle, Washington; in married life she lived in Juneau, Alaska; and in later life she lived in Goliad, Texas. I met her once or twice, but just briefly. I wish I had been able to hear stories of her interesting life!
First we have this picture of a school play. It seems to be a play about Good and Bad Habits that will lead to Education. I am guessing that at some point, Interest and Curiosity there on the right will be doing a little dance.
I cannot pick Millie out of the cast, but this picture fascinates me. Looking at some details —
Later on, Millie’s performance career seemed to be a lot more fun! She graduated high school in 1927, and these pictures look to be from about that time.
Here she is in 1935, playing the maid in a local production of “Loose Ankles,” which had been a 1930 movie with Loretta Young and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The plot is that the rich girl’s prudish aunts want her to marry someone proper, so she hires a man to help her cause a scandal, so they will give up on marrying her off. The Turner Classic Movies website has two clips of the movie, and in one of them, the maid helps stage the scandal, so it looks like it was a juicy part for Millie.
I just love this snapshot of fashions from 1935!
Somewhere along the way, Millie married Hugh, who had been in the army. I think this is one of his pictures, possibly of troops being entertained while stationed in Alaska:
Millie was always very social. I believe that she and Hugh are in the back of the room here, near the window, Millie in the white dress with floral hem, and Hugh smiling and facing her.
I hope you have enjoyed this dip into this trove of photos!
Fantastic pictures. I love the school play, and wasn’t she pretty as a young woman. A treasure trove for sure.
What a treasure trove of photos! That Aunt Millie was a beautiful woman!
She was also a salmon fisherwoman and an all-around craftswoman! Pretty interesting indeed.
Styles that are still around. Thank you for sharing. Blessings always, Mtetar
Yes, I think I would feel at home in most of those square dance dresses! 🙂
I have enjoyed it, yes. And you’ll probably be able to tell which of the girls is Millie in the school play, a bit later on when you’ve sorted through more photos… you’ll either find others that match up or will get a ‘feel’ for how she looked when she was a child.
i love the old photos – just to see the dresses and the hairdos. Those two girls in the school play are typical examples with their haircuts. i have some photos of my Mom from that time period with the same haircut. Definitely you’ve been given some treasures and I so agree – stay inside. This Texas heat is overwhelming.
Going through these photos is so addicting, I may get all the way to October before I come up for air, and it should be cool by then! 🙂
Just wonderful, how can anyone discard old photos? These have certainly come to the right home.. as for the girl you were wondering about, could she be meant to represent the Statue of Liberty?
I wondered about that, but she seems to have some sort of eyeball on top of her head and one that she is holding up in her hand. I thought maybe she is Wisdom or Observation or something like that.
Could be, very hard to tell…
How fun are these?? Millie had quite the life but the photos of the class pageant are the best–how school has changed!
Aunt Millie sure got around and had lots of get up and go. I was amused to see that the girls in the school play all had bobbed hair.
Yes, maybe they were at a “progressive” school and had to do the play about school habits to show that bobbed hair didn’t mean fast girls! 🙂
None of those girls in the play look like they’re having fun, but perhaps they weren’t supposed to! Having the collection of pix gives a completely different quality than only having a couple. These give a small sense of a life. You could write a whole story about this young lady.
Those images are amazing! I too have a treasure trove of family archive photos to scan, label, etc. but mine are mainly from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Thank you also to adding me to your blog sidebar!
You are welcome, but I can’t really take any credit — it’s a widget that WordPress offers, so blogs I follow appear. I am pretty sure they switch out from time to time too — just so you know that if you disappear from my sidebar, it wasn’t me actively doing it, it’s just the way the widget works! 🙂
I love reading about old family photos! It reminds me of the few I have. Such a treasure to look back on. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, especially your posts about quilts. I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The One Lovely Blog award 🙂 No pressure on accepting but here is a link to my post if you are interested:
Thank you so much! I am going to visit your blog now! 🙂
You’re welcome! 🙂
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