Spring 1918

From my Grandmother’s album. Durand Illinois. My mother Marian with her brothers Robert (4) and John (8). Her 6th birthday would be in the coming September.

Robert Marian and John

Throwback Thursday Childhood Favorites

My grown up children have families of their own now. This little grouping of their special childhood toys is one I took using a Polaroid transfer process. If you’ve been a follower for a time you might remember this picture. That was the first sock monkey I ever made, about 47 years ago. You know I have trouble disposing of anything with a face looking at me. I actually matted and framed it. Was dusting it today and felt nostalgic. Thought it was a good Throwback Thursday from the archives.

Ned, the Cabbage Patch premie, came with a different name when Laura received it for her 4th birthday in 1987. Fessie the Pound Puppy is in Ohio these days. And little green doggie resides in Zagreb now.

Late 1950s Throwback Easter Outfits -Hat, Gloves and a New Dress

How about a caption contest for the first photo?

Easter 1957 backyard under the cherry tree Montclair New Jersey
Dress is pink shiny stripes with a black velvet ribbon
Newark New Jersey with sister Mary and Brother David says April 1960 on the edge but the date taken is April 1959 I’m on the left with the beret
Montclair NJ 1955 with my brother David.
Might not be Easter as there’s no hat

Throwback Thursday @COSI

COSI center of Science and Industry

These photos in the gallery are from the Progress Exhibit of the museum. Charlie and Laura and I had a fun visit.

The Classic blue and white car which is in the CUBA Exhibit

“Travel through time and interact with the technology from 1898. Then turn a corner and find yourself generations later – in 1962 – in that same town.”

In the CUBA exhibit
Picnic lunch in the shade

Silhouette of my Mom 1939

My mother photographed at Starved Rock Park, Illinois in 1939.

see link for information on St.Peter sandstone

Marian VanSickle Hendricks the year my parents were married (1939)

Sounds like a horrific history as I read the explanation of the naming of this huge park in Illinois. “

Here’s the story “Starved Rock State Park derives its names from a Native American legend of injustice and retribution. In the 1760s, Pontiac (Chief of the Ottawa tribe) was slain by an Illiniwek while attending a tribal council in southern Illinois. According to the legend, during one of the battles that subsequently occurred to avenge his killing, a band of Illiniwek, under attack by a band of Potawatomi (allies of the Ottawa) sought refuge atop a 125-foot sandstone butte. The Ottawa and Potawatomi surrounded the bluff and held their ground until the hapless Illiniwek died of starvation—giving rise to its name Starved Rock.”

Thirteen miles of hiking trails.

Starved Rock State Park is a wilderness area on the Illinois River containing steep sandstone canyons formed by glacial meltwater. A few canyons: St. Louis, French and Wildcat canyons have waterfalls. Wooded trails lead to Lover’s Leap Overlook, with views of the river and the dam. Park wildlife includes white-tailed deer, bald eagles and migratory birds, and reptiles. You can spend all day hiking and have lunch or dinner at the lodge.” Trip Advisor