04 March 2010

Fearless Females - Women's History Month Daily Blogging Prompts - March 2

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

This is a picture of my grandmother, Helen. I'm not sure when this photo was taken, but I believe it was taken while she was still living in California because the background doesn't look like it belongs in Tucson. If so, the picture would be dated before 1957 as that was when she moved to Tucson.

I chose this photo because it fascinates me what my ancestors were like when they were younger and before I knew them. I love to study the details not only of the focus person, but also what is going on in the background. Who is taking this picture? Had she already met my step-grandfather? She looks like she is dressed for work and I know she was a waitress. I also know that is how they met. I love her 50's hair and the bows in it. I also love her little purse (or maybe lunchbox?). She looks a tad tired in this picture and has her arm around her belly in what seems like a protective way. There seems to be a slight bulge, so I wonder if she is pregnant in this picture. And if she is, which of her 5 children is she pregnant with? My guess would be that it would be her 5th child and that would date this picture around early 1957. I am guessing it is her 5th because she looks older in this picture than she does in previous pictures with her other children. However, it is only a guess. :)


  1. Nice photo of your grandma.Notice the sailors in the background?Almost looks like it could be on a base?It is so fun to try and figure out these old pics!Thanks for sharing yours!

  2. Thanks for pointing that out! I didn't notice them back there! Shame on me! I know my step-grandpa was in the army, but that could be a clue as to where she was in this picture! Exciting!