Photo of Grandma and Me

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, July 28, 1913 – Thursday, July 31, 1913:  Nothing very much doing for these days. It’s so terrible hot and I have a hard time of it just doing nothing. I’d hate to go anyplace such weather as this is.

Grandma and me
Grandma and me

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

This is the last of four days that Grandma lumped together into one diary entry. Since Grandma didn’t write anything specific for this date, I’m going to share a picture of Grandma and me.

Others who have family history blogs often have awesome pictures of themselves with the relative they are writing about—and I’m always slightly jealous.

The few pictures that I have of me with Grandma have many limitations. Time has taken a toll on the color, the picture has lighting problems or is blurry, and so on.

But, in spite of the poor quality of the picture above, I really like this photo so I decided to share it with you.

59 thoughts on “Photo of Grandma and Me

  1. I wouldn’t say “poor picture quality”, looks good to me 🙂 One of my close friends recently got into, I want to check out the free trial soon.

  2. Wow, the look of the kitchen is bringing back memories. I can almost date the picture by what is in the kitchen. We had a very similar table to the one in the picture. Oh, and you look so cute there with your Grandma.

    1. I like those old metal tables. Sometimes I think that it might be fun to buy one that is in really good condition at an antique store–but then I remember that it won’t fit in my the more recent decor of my home. 🙂

  3. Oh, I LOVE that photo. Although we wish older photos could be much clearer or have better color, it’s special just to have them! I’m sure looking at this brings back many memories for you!

    1. I’m surprised how the photo brings back memories of things that I’d long forgotten. For example, it reminded of one time when I sat at the table with my grandparents while I waited (anxiously) for my parents to return from a trip to the the Farm Show,

  4. It looks as though you are having a very detailed conversation. Wouldn’t you love to remember what you were discussing?! Does your grandmother still have long hair in a bun in that picture?

    1. The kitchen is design are so 50s.I think that Grandma was really proud of her kitchen. She and my grandfather built a ranch house on my uncle’s farm after they grandfather semi-retired from farming and the house was pretty new when this photo was taken.

    1. You keyed in on the same things I do when I look at this picture. I also really like her smile and the way she is looking at me. I think that’s why it is one of my favorite pictures.

  5. It’s so hard to improve the color on those early color photos. But other than the reddish quailty they give, it’s a wonderful photo. She looks like she is enjoying whatever you have said or are saying.

    1. I’ve been surprised how quickly the color has deteriorated on some of my photos–or maybe it just means that more years have slipped by than I want to think about. 🙂

    1. When I look at this post, I find that my eyes keep going between the older and younger pictures of my grandmother. And, it’s fun to see the similarities (and differences) in the way she looked across the two photos.

    1. People take so many more pictures today than what they did when we were young. The cost of buying and developing film really reduced the number of photos that were taken.

  6. Great picture! I agree it is indeed a precious photo and yes Catherine, Miss Muffly has grown into a mature lovely lady!

  7. I agree with everyone. It is a lovely photo. You were obviously telling your Grandma something important to you and she stopped to listen and the photo was captured probably because of what you were saying to save the moment. The kitchen is another great element. Don’t you just love looking around the background of a photo of time past? Modern oven she had there – in the wall. Don’t complain about the quality – it is the quality and evolution of that type of film and print over time. It is a great photo and I am glad you shared it with your audience.

    1. You have a good eye for detail. You’re right about the oven. I think that it probably was almost new when the photo was taken. She and my grandfather build a little ranch house after he semi-retired from farming.

  8. It’s a lovely picture. There aren’t many pictures of me with my Grandma either, so I know how you feel. But I think the small number of pictures just makes the ones we do have all the more of a treasure.

    1. At first I was disappointed that the photo was taken from a position so far back from Grandma and me. But after reading the comments, I realize that it shows most of the kitchen and that the things in the foreground add richness to the picture.

  9. My situation is similar, Sheryl: few photos of my grandmother and me. In fact, I don’t think I have a single one of the two of us. I’m a little jealous along with you. But I think this one is wonderful. To your eyes it may not be perfect but for me, it’s very fun to see your grandmother as an older woman after seeing her young photograph when I visit your blog. Looking at this photo probably brings back wonderful memories of your time with her and of being in her home. (I’m so glad you let us enlarge the photo so we can see details.)

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