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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Photography Runs In The Family



Oct 26 was my birthday and I turned 36. I didn't do a big post for it like I normally would have, every year I seem to be less and less interested. Not sure why but my guess would be that as the years go on, I have more important things to concentrate on.

Of course my hubby and the girls always have to do something. This year they woke me at 0630 to open presents and blow out my candles. Yes, cake for breakfast that day. I was very surprised by a present from hubby. A portable lighting studio with a folding light box, two lights and a tripod. It is pretty cool and will be perfect for photographing my bentos. It was also perfect timing for a surprise present I would receive in the mail a few weeks later. 

A few days ago Fedx dropped off a package from my Gramps in CA. When I opened the box I couldn't believe what I saw.



Attached to this copy of an old picture reads...

"The lady seated at the far right of the photo with the book in her lap is Mayme (Mary) Crilly, your Great-Great Grandmother. She was a school teacher in this one-room school in Enid, Oklahoma at the turn of the 20th Century. An avid photographer for fifty years, she used hundreds of rolls of film in this old Kodak Brownie."

 Along with the picture was this Brownie camera that belonged to my Great Great Grandmother Mary Crilly. I was blown away and so honored that this would be passed down to me. You may remember my previous post Collecting Vintage Cameras. So of course not only as a collector was I excited to get this camera but it is more special because of whom used it.





I always thought I got my eye from my Grams whom ever since I could remember had a camera in our faces growing up. As we got older we gave her grief over it, but of course now that I am (much) older, I totally get it. She still loves photography and I am glad I can share my captures with her. She actually was the inspiration for my new watermark and logo...the butterfly.

So how cool is it to know the photography bug goes back even further and deeper than I even knew. Now I need to contact my Gramps and see if he has any of Mary's old captures. Hopefully he does as I love vintage photographs as well.






10 comments:

Katherines Corner said...

Wow, that is a wonderful gift! thank you for sharing with us. Hugs

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a fantastic heirloom!

Happy belated birthday :-) I'm also 36.

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

wow, what an amazing gift from your grandpa! + happy belated birthday. sounds like you had a wonderful time, which you deserve!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

This gave me a little chill when I read it. How neat for you to have the photo and the camera used by your ancestor. :)

deb duty said...

This is amazing to have a vintage camera that actually belonged to your family member and even better you get to see a photo taken with the camera like a little piece of history. That was so thoughtful of your grandfather to send it to you.

EG Wow said...

You had a fabulous birthday!

Veronica Lee said...

How amazing is that! Your grams is a gem!

Happy Belated Birthday, S!

amy@agoodlife said...

no freaking way! that is awesome.

Ashley said...

What an incredible gift! You must be so honored to recieve it!

Hannah said...

What a wonderful gift!

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