An old family photo from 1954

This is classic. No one is smiling. I wonder why my sister and I are squinting because neither one of us had to wear glasses. I'm the dark haired, pig tailed little girl standing front/center. My little brother is 3 and I'm 7. I guess I was a shrimp. My sister is 9.

I love these old photos.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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39 Responses to An old family photo from 1954

  1. BabyJay99 says:

    Oh! You're not a shrimp πŸ™‚

  2. BabyJay99 says:

    Lady Pam! You are so adorable and lovely :up: :yes: :up: :yes: πŸ™‚ Dont you just have those butterflies feeling when you look at old album/pictures and it brings back memories,.. πŸ˜‰

  3. gdare says:

    Now I can see how your mother is so similar to that painting you have made.I guess it was usual back then. Not to smile πŸ™‚

  4. PainterWoman says:

    You're right Darko. It must have been in the 1960s when people decided it was ok to smile in photos. Kinda strange and funny isn't it.

  5. PainterWoman says:

    I get a kick out of looking at old photos. In this one, I'm closer in age to my sister. She and I are two years apart but the photographer put me up on the box with my brother who is 3 1/2 yrs younger. Maybe at 3yrs old he was tall for his age. He loved his cowboy boots.

  6. Dacotah says:


  7. studio41 says:

    how sweet! maybe you two were squinting because of a previous flash?

  8. PainterWoman says:

    Lan, with your wonderful photography skills, you are adding to the collection.

  9. Huong Lan says:

    It's cool that you still keep the old family photos. πŸ™‚

  10. Huong Lan says:

    Wow, amazing. My mom and I only have a few dozens of old family photos. Most of them are the photos of my mom and her friends in the war.

  11. PainterWoman says:

    Hi Carol and Lan. I have thousands of photos and am trying desparately to get them organized.

  12. zetorres says:

    So beautiful family photo! :happy:

  13. Dacotah says:

    Hi Pam πŸ™‚

  14. ellinidata says:

    My prety lady Pam,the sweet face is still the same!thanks for sharing…this is an adorable family picture πŸ™‚

  15. Huong Lan says:

    Thanks, Pam. πŸ™‚

  16. ForestFloor says:

    Pam, your expression is priceless! πŸ™‚ Very intense. You look quite protective of your "little" brother who is huge for his age! Why were you and your parents wearing little bowties?

  17. zetorres says:

    Great to know about the rodeo dress! :happy:

  18. PainterWoman says:

    Jill: you may be right about the flash. OR, maybe it was those standing bright lights photographers have for lighting their subjects? :confused: Ze and Angiliki: Thank you both. :happy: You're welcome Lan. πŸ™‚ Christine: Thanks. My brother ended up being 6'3" in his adult life, as tall as my dad. I was protective until he got bigger than me and became the usual pesty 'big' little brother. πŸ˜€ As to the bow ties, it must have been around state rodeo time. Everyone would dress up like a cowboy and go the rodeo to watch the bull riders, bucking bronco riders and the cattle roping. They were the true cowboys though. I'm not even sure they still have that here.

  19. PainterWoman says:

    Ze, I'm going to do a search to see if we still have rodeos here. It would be fun to go again and get some photos.

  20. ricewood says:

    I love old photos like that – I have a good bunch of them myself.That's one of the main things about photography – memories.

  21. PainterWoman says:

    You're right Allan….memories.

  22. zetorres says:

    Oh yes, would be great Pamela! :):):)

  23. Suntana says:

    At first I was puzzled as to why you were saying you were a shrimp. I did some Brightness & Gamma enhancement to see the Pic better on my Monitor. Ahhh, I see it is because you and your brother are standing on a little platform vs. your sister standing on the floor. Heyyy! Check out those Cowboy Boots on your Bro! :yes: Was he playing The Lone Ranger?You lucked out, Pam. A couple of years ago, one of my nieces tell me, "My dad goes, 'Why does Carlos always have his eyes closed in all pictures?'" :zzz: – πŸ˜† Frankly I think my brother is exaggerating.

  24. PainterWoman says:

    At that time, I think I was small for my age and my brother was big. I mean, he was 6ft by the time he was 12! Luckily, I ended up being 5'8". Yeah, he loved those boots and would sometimes put them on before he put his clothes on and clomp around the house in his underwear. πŸ˜† My sister's the one that most often had her eyes closed in family portraits.

  25. PainterWoman says:

    "Either I'm short or you're tall."You're right on both. πŸ˜€ I'm going to have to email him this photo cuz I'm sure he's forgotten it.

  26. Suntana says:

    Hey, you're my height. Either I'm short or you're tall. :p πŸ˜† @Your brother clomping around in his boots and underwear.

  27. PainterWoman says:

    "Either I'm short or you're tall."You're right on both. πŸ˜€ I'm going to have to email him this photo cuz I'm sure he's forgotten it

  28. PainterWoman says:

    I agree with both, making a record for the future AND joining in.

  29. studio41 says:

    yes, good way of saying it

  30. studio41 says:

    I agree with Allan, and then sometimes, too, I need to step away from my camera and not just live behind my lens, but actually enjoy the flowers I'm shooting or the kids I'm watching play…

  31. wickedlizard says:

    Lovely shot! πŸ™‚

  32. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Jill and Issy.Jean, Happy Valentines Day to you too.

  33. edwardpiercy says:

    I think your mother seems to be "smiling with her eyes" though. Anyway, a great family photo in any case. A record of a moment in time that will never return.

  34. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Ed. I think you're right. She was happy with us kids….her brood. This was during rodeo time in Phoenix but after a search on the net, it seems they don't have them here anymore. There is a yearly 'frontier days' with a rodeo in Prescott in a few months. Since Prescott is one of my favorite little towns in Arizona, I may take that in to get a few photos.

  35. PainterWoman says:

    πŸ˜€ Thanks Angeliki. Happy Valentines Day to you too.:heart: :heart:

  36. DpRabbit says:

    Beautiful family. :heart: "Little Pam" was cute and adorable. :love: It's nice to keep old photos, valuable. :happy:

  37. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you Dp. It's so much fun to go through old photos.

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