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First Known Photo

Updated on August 31, 2017
The oldest photo I have of my brother, Jim and myself.
The oldest photo I have of my brother, Jim and myself. | Source

I look at this photo from our family album. It is the oldest one I have of my brother and myself together. I look about two years old in this photo which means it was taken in 1950. Yes, that photo is pushing its way to 70 years old.

Look at the basketball, it still had laces. Basketballs have not had laces in a lot of years. The dog in the photo was our Cocker Spaniel named Blondie. She was the sweetest dog and would love to lay in front of the coal stove that we had in our living room. Yes, Blondie loved the heat, along with my mother. Mom always had that stove cranked up in the winter. I often thought the skin would melt right off of us.

The photo brings back other memories. We were pretty poor, but when you are raised poor you don't realize it. We had no well, so we had no indoor plumbing. All you have to do it think for a second, no indoor plumbing then no toilet. I spent many a time in the cold winter months walking to the outhouse when I was a child. It was not the most pleasant time in a young childs life. I was so afraid in the winter that my butt would freeze to the outhouse seat and I would be stuck there.

We carried our water from one of the two sand springs that were near our home. One was within walking distance and the other was a short drive away. Again no indoor plumbing meant no bath tub. We washed up in those early years with a wash cloth and a wash basin.

I was the happiest kind around when I was about five years old and a man was drilling a well near our back porch. That well changed our lives a lot when we were young. So many things that we take for granted now, were just a vision in my early years.

Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017


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      Larry W Fish 

      10 months ago from Raleigh

      Thanks for the comment, RTalloni, yes my brother and I had a lot of fun. We were true country boys. We were poor but never felt like we were poor.

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      10 months ago from the short journey

      Though you may have been poor the photo seems to show you and your brother had loving care. There are kinds of poor that are worse than the kind that is little to no money. The well memory has to be a truly great one!

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      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      Yes, we have seen a lot of changes, Dennis. Some good, some bad, and now we are in the bad times. I think the cell phone in many ways is the worst invention. People are often so rude on them. I agree, using the outhouse was not the best of times, hahaha.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      11 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Boy, we certainly have seen a lot of changes in our years. There are times when I wish we could go back before the age of computers. Of course, I don't want to go back to the days of no indoor plumbing.


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