perjantai 23. marraskuuta 2012

November sisters

 
It's a gloomy November day and I think this photo describes the wheather we have had for some weeks. Rain and darkness and it seem to be going on and on. No sunlight in the morning, day nor evening.
 
These sisters are Finnish immigrants from DeKalb, Illinois. I think their days were a little gloomy too. Perhaps they had a hard day working as a servant or some trouble with their husbands.  But anyhow they look like November.
 
So it's better to find more happier sisters.
Here my sister and me on one happy day about 1977.
 
 
 

38 kommenttia:

  1. What a striking contrast in the two photographs, but so evocative of the times they lived in.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Yes, it makes you wonder what has happened to to those two sad looking women.

      Poista
  2. Wonderful what a little laughter and colour will do! :)

    VastaaPoista
  3. The women in the first photograph look like they are wearing a uniform of some sort. With their stern expressions and dark outfits, they do match the mood of a gloomy, rainy day. Hope your weather improves soon!

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    1. Yes, they apparently had a gloomy, rainy day. The weather here has improved, a little snow in Southern Finland and hopefully soon here too.

      Poista
  4. Times have changed and so have the realities of life. What a contrast between the two photos with smiles to cheer us up at the end.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Yes time is different now and I suppose these older women did not have easy life, perhaps no reason to smile.

      Poista
  5. I hope the November sisters also had some smiling days!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. They must have had. This was just one of their bad days.

      Poista
  6. Taisi DeKalbin siskoksia jännittää kuvassaolo. 1977 kamera oli jo jokapäiväinen väline ja nykyisin se on kaikkialla.

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    1. Valokuvaajalla käynti oli erikoistapaus ja varmasti aika jännittävää.

      Poista
  7. olipa ajatuksia herättävä kuvapari. mieleeni tuli, miten paljon vanhemmilta, aikuisemmilta samanikäiset ihmiset näyttivätkään kuvissa aiemmi.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. En osaa arvioida näiden rouvien ikää, voivat olla 40-50, tai sitten nuorempiakin.

      Poista
  8. Contrary to what Liz thinks, I don't think this a uniform. I believe it was a sale: 2 for the price of 1.
    @Ilona
    Your Finnish ain't bad for a Winebridge :-)

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Or perhaps they made their dresses them self. It would have been even more cheaper.

      Poista
  9. Do you suppose the Gloomy Girls were in mourning? I love the shot of you and your sister -- such a wonderful contrast!

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    1. Yes they might have been. I don't know the story of these girls, but it is possible.

      Poista
  10. Those ladies do personify November, but you and your sister are a sunny spring day!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you I'm gladly a sunny spring day:)

      Poista
  11. The woman on the left looks really gloomy and mean, though maybe she is just older than the other one.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. It is a little hard to estimate their ages, they look old but perhaps it is because of their dark appearance.

      Poista
  12. I like the way you described the first photo as November. Those two ladies do look rather somber.

    VastaaPoista
  13. Yes, ladies it's time to lighten the mood and have some fun, like the two girls below you! :)

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Yes! Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

      Poista
  14. What a fantastic photograph. I like the way you connected it to the weather! :)

    VastaaPoista
  15. 'Looking like November' I'm going to adopt that phrase! Thank goodness for the contrasting sunny picture of you and your sister!

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    1. I'm feel also happy when i look at the picture of me and my sister, it helps a lot in my project "How to Survive November" :)

      Poista
  16. Jinksy said it best! I had to laugh when I started reading because the minute the photo came into view, my first thought was, "Now there's a gloomy pair" (I think I even said it out loud!). Your commentary and contrasting photo make this a really well-structured blog post. Love it!

    VastaaPoista
  17. Yes, I would say that they EPITOMIZE November! Which one are you, in the bright photo? You "look like April".

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    1. My sister on the left and me on the right. It seems to be a bright day because I have no eye glasses, or am I just snobbish.:)

      Poista
  18. Maybe they weren't happy about having their photo taken? Interesting drapery in the background. You and your sister cheered me up! Jo

    VastaaPoista
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    1. They even might have been a little afraid of the situation to go to fine studio, perhaps they were not used to that.

      Poista
  19. A perfect combination from dark to light. Could the first two sisters be widows? I would not have guessed they were in Iowa. Is it a postcard?

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    1. Yes they might be widows with black dresses. This photo is from my cousins collection. Her grandfather Otto ( my grandfathers cousin ) immigrated to USA, DeKalb year 1908. When he and his wife came back to Finland they had many photo albums with them. It is a long story about Otto and Selina, a sad story, I'll write about it later.

      Poista