This cuties name is Donna and the date is 10-31-58 and she is a mystery to me, as I have some of her photos and would love to return them to someone who might have a personal connection with them.
If I had “life” to do over again, one of my choices would have been to be a photo journalist, possibly even before I would have been a classical violinist. I love faces and I love photographs. In fact, I grew up with a camera in my face and a red sweatshirt on.
My parents loved to take pictures. Dad loved to take movies and they both loved to take 3D photos. This extended to other family members and even when I went to my grandmother’s house for the holidays, we would get out of the car and my aunt would be standing out in a blizzard to capture every moment of the holiday, on celluloid.
I worked for law offices for years and occasionally, we would be told to go through boxes and take out anything we wanted. This usually was the result of a marital break up or an estate case. For some reason, no one wanted the stuff in the box and the lawyers were stuck with it. One time there was a photo album in one of the boxes and, not being able to abandon photos, I took it home.
Eventually, I quit carting that photo album around in my many moves, but I could not throw away the photos. I saved those photos and they are like owning a mystery to me.
Most seem to feature a girl named Donna or Bobbie. I am thinking she went to West Technical High School in Cleveland 2, Ohio. (That is not a typo, that is an address from the 50s.). The reason I say that is this photo is stamped on the back: DEPARTMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHY, West Technical High School. Not too dumb, am I?
I believe the girl’s name is Donna or Bobbie as she resembles the girl on the left in this photo titled, “Winding up For The Take Off” and is dated Oct. 8, 1951.
And, I think that Miss Vanek must have been one of her teachers. This photo was dated December 1954 and identified by the teacher’s name on the back. Doesn’t the girl on the left resemble Donna or Bobbie, but then the girl on the right could be one of them too?
Finally, and there are other photos without any identification, we know that somehow they know “THE SKIPPER FAMILY.” Season’s Greetings to all was included in their album.
I have to tell you. This is such an iconic photo. I love it. It is obviously for Christmas but I gather, by the foliage, that they are in the south? And, here stands Mrs in a fur hat, scarf, coat and gloves, while daughter is just in a sweater and he is in a suit.
So, if anyone out there in the blogosphere, knows Donna or Bobbie or the Skipper Family, maybe we can get these pictures back to their family. Just email or comment and let me know.
Oh, and the red sweatshirt reference?? Mom thought red showed up really well in color photographs. So, for vacation, every year, she bought me a new red sweatshirt. If you find any photos of a girl in a red sweatshirt, standing by the sign for entering every state in the country, or by every statue, landmark and waterfall ever seen on vacation, you know who to send them to.