Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pecos, Texas -- 1911


We have a new scanner, so I had to play with it. This is a photograph of my grandfather, the dapper gent in the cap with his face turned away from the camera, having a grand old time with two young women. (Neither of whom are my grandmother...I think he hadn't met her yet.) He lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico at this time but I think he went to Pecos for fun. He was 19 years old in this picture. But what gets me about it is the beauty of the two young women...they look so contemporary. In a hundred years, will we look as fresh to people then? They've got my grandfather captured between the wheels of the water wagon, trapping him with their umbrella. And the gents in the back are getting a great deal of amusement out of it. I wonder if they were some of Pop's friends or just lookers-on.

These girls look like young women it would be fun to be friends with.

3 comments:

Ackery said...

I love that picture -- wish I could jump into it and see everything before and after.

Rooie said...

I love it, too. If you enlarge it, you can see some great details...like the curtain blowing out the window above the drugstore. And the drugstore sells Whitman chocolates. And I was looking at the photo this morning and I said to Mr. Pointy Sticks, "I think this says Studebaker on the wagon." And my brother, Mr. Automotive, says Studebaker did make wagons. So that's sort of neat.

mlw said...

And something else odd...the girl on the right (clearly not our grandmother) has an expression that could be your mother's or...well, you....

I hadn't seen that before. Thanks. Terrific photo...admirable composition...wonder who took it.