A Photo of Grandma and Me

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

Tuesday, December 22, 1914: <<no entry>>

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

After Grandma and Grandpa’s children grew up, they built a small bungalow on my uncle’s farm. This is where they lived when I was a child.

Since Grandma didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today,  I’d like to repost a picture of Grandma and me that shows what the kitchen in the bungalow looked  like.

This is wrote when I originally posted it on July 31, 2013:

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.

Recent photo of bungalow may grandparents lived in when I was a child.
Recent photo of bungalow may grandparents lived in when I was a child.

42 thoughts on “A Photo of Grandma and Me

  1. About the kitchen picture–if you have a nice scanner with a photo adjustment program (I have a Cannon) or photoshop–you can try adjusting the colors and tone. I have had a lot of luck with old photos and making them look almost new–instead of with a red or blue cast. You can remove the flash showing in the window by “cloning” pixels from other glass portions that are the right hue. Blurry can’t be fixed–but I got into this just by Googling how to repair and retouch old photos. Give it a try!

    1. Thanks for the very helpful information. I didn’t know that you could remove the flash. If I could get rid of that, it would make a world of difference in the photo. When I get a little time after the holidays, I need to experiment with this.

  2. How special is that picture! I’m sure it brings back memories each time you look at it. And to know that SHE wrote this diary (and the little girl in the picture has shared it with us) just makes the picture even more meaningful!

  3. A wonderful picture! I really like it for it has caught the normal side of life. Looks like you needed something or wanted to tell her something that was great news!

  4. Well, I’m jealous that you have a “few” pictures of you with your grandma. I only have one of mine, taken at my third birthday party. It will be popping up in a post in the new year, so you’ll have a chance to see it.

    Love the details in this photo, especially the table that looks just like the one in our kitchen when I was growing up, and the camera bag on the table. Most of all, I love seeing your grandmother paying attention to you, just like you’re paying attention to her today.

    1. I think that the camera bag on the table was my mother’s. It’s surprising how few photos there are of some people. I’m looking forward to seeing the photo of your grandmother in a future post.

  5. Actually, that is a really special photo for that time. It is not posed and is in the kitchen. Your grandma’s kitchen brings back memories for me. I am currently scanning all my Dad’s slides and the ones I like the most are of the inside of our house, furniture, knickknacks and wallpaper choices.

    1. I also really like photos that show the inside of relatives’ homes, as well as the home where I grew up. They really help re remember details that I’d long forgotten.

  6. She gives the impression of a woman of wit who knows how to make herself useful, much like the impression you get from the diary. I can imagine many lovely memories.

  7. Wonderful photo, and so similar to one I have with my mom. She must be around 50? Such great details, like the Formica table; do you remember spending time here in this kitchen with her?

    1. She would have been in her early 60s when this photo was taken. The kitchen has such a wonderful 1950s look to it. My grandparents lived just over the hill from my family so I often visited them. I can remember frequently sitting at that table.

  8. I like these old photos that don’t look posed or too prettified. They seem to speak of an era and capture the authentic look of the time and the people. I’m glad you have this photo!

      1. that is amazing how that pic could be my Grandmother’s kitchen! 🙂 Merry Christmas Sheryl!

  9. So strange to see your grandmother in this more modern environment – it really is a reminder of the amazing changes that happened in her lifetime! A lovely souvenir for you.

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