Friday, February 6, 2009

Picnics and Cookouts
Friday's Favorite Family Foto

Apparently my family liked to have picnics and cookouts back in the 1920's. I remember when I was a child...NOT in the 1920's...going on picnics with my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents. There was plenty of food and music. My dad and uncles played guitars and mandolins. Many photos I've found of those get-togethers show one of those musical instruments. Some of those picnics were near running creeks in beautiful West Virginia and I remember our car being driven right into the water and what fun it was to wash it there.
The photo above is apparently of a cookout. My great aunt Kate and uncle Roe are the couple in the middle. She's holding a frypan.

This is my great aunt Kate with some of the kids in the family...nieces and nephews - she had no children of her own. My dad is the boy standing on the left in this photo and his older brother is on the right. My uncle - on the right - was in an earlier Family Foto...he was the boxer.

I love old photos and I hope you all enjoy seeing them.

Let's go see what my friends have posted as their family photos today. Don't forget to leave a comment so they will know you visited.
















claudie said...

Oh I was waiting for you.
You always have THE BEST pictures Deborah.
I hope that frying pan was for cooking and not hitting somebody over the head with. That's something I might do if they made me do all that cooking.
Great FOTO Friday.
Love you and get better that's an order!!.
Love Moi

April said...

I LOVE your old photographs, Deborah! I just find them so interesting and the stories that go along with them. Love that old car in the last picture! Wonder what it was?

Thanks so much for sharing your great photos with all of us...Happy Friday to ya!♥

Joy said...

Fabulous photos Deborah - gosh they look like they had a great time together. :o)

splummer said...

Hi Debra,
Wonderful Photos!! Our family used to have a family reunion every few years! Haven't had one of those for years. Mine is posted. Have a great day!!


prof en retraite said...

Deborah...I love the photos! Yes, we used to have family reunions adn big picnics! I'm from the mountains originally, too...western NC! Have a great weekend!...Debbie

ann said...

I remember ,not in the 20's either,ha,my family always having cookouts too.And like you said,they were usually by a creek or a pond.
There were always 40-50 people.I loved those times.Playing with my cousins.We lives way back in the country.No children anywhere.I played with my dog and my chickens.Is it any wonder I have a rooster as a pet?haha.
You've brought back some great memories here...Ann

Angela said...

I love these photos! Your family looks to be a loving, happy one...mine on the other hand looks to have hated each other and never smiled(ha!). I can only imagine what some of my women ancestors would have done with a cast iron frying pan and a man near by!!!!

Short and Sweet said...

Those photos are priceless. The car photo is to be treasured as a timeless piece of history. Your family looks so happy to be out and about in nature sharing love and friendships at a picnic.

beth at aunties said...

You old pictures tell such wonderful pictures! Your great Auntie Kate is a cutie with all her nieces and nephews.:-)
I would love to know how to join Photo Friday? I posted some:)


Schotzy said...

These are so great. I really need to dig out my oldie and goodies and try to photogeaph them since our scanner is not working! Maybe that would work! These are so wonderful and weren't the good ole days the best- families visiting, sharing, eating, playing together! We have lost so much in this new culture. Our young folk have no idea! It is up to us to document and this meme is such a wonderful contribution to that! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Isn't it too bad that young families don't seem to picnic and have cookouts in the great outdoors anymore? Look at the faces of those children in your photo...they are having such a good time! That is the way to build wonderful memories!


Blondie's Journal said...


I love these pictures! Those were the days...when all the relatives packed up the cold, fried chicken and slaw and headed down to the lake or river for a picnic and a nap (and a car wash perhaps ;-)

We have a book on the early history of the lake we live on in Michigan and there are tons of old pictures of picnics on the water from days of yore! Must have been a popular pastime!! Thanks for sharing!!


Dawn said...

Those are great pictures and what wonderful memories you have. It's hard associtating the face of a great aunt with that beautiful young looking woman! ☺

take care,

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love your family photos. Old photos are my favorite. I would love to join you on Fridays. I will be gone for the next two weeks. Can you get back to me?

Cottage Rose said...

I just love to see old family photos. I have quit a few myself, but sad to say they don't have any info on the back about who they are. I love the photos of your family, they are such great treasures.


Montee said...

Our family loved getting together and eating too. My favorite time was the family reunions. We met at a place called Canes Mill. We would play baseball, horseshoes and go fishing. Every now and then someone would shoot a gator or water moccassin. The food was to die for. Gosh, I miss all of that.