Photo Sharing Theme of the Week: Sunday Best

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This week's photo sharing theme: Fresh Start.

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ago in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
edited ago by Eowyn Walker

My mother, Lucille Ceruti, and her uncle, Hildreth Smith, always did their best on Sundays to play for the congregation. Lucille was organist of the United Methodist Church in Westhampton, New York, USA for 53 years, often joined by Hildreth on the violin. Lucille was guest organist and Hildreth was the guest violinist in Remsenberg, New York in 1940 when this photo was taken.

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This is one of my favorite photos. It shows my great-grandmother, Ann Chandler Dodge with seven of her grandchildren, all in their 'Sunday Best'.

I believe this photo was taken in Ann's home in Loretto, Boone, Nebraska, USA (circa 1905).

ago by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (858k points)
selected ago by Melissa Wilson
Robin, I love this photo, thank you for sharing it! All the children certainly look in their Sunday Best. The dresses are wonderful, and the ruffles on the shirt and collar of the little fellow on the left is very interesting.
Thank you, Alexis. Ann ended up with 20+ grandchildren. I wish I was able to identify each of these. I do know that none of them are my dad or his siblings -- they were born after this photo.
The babies look like they could be twins, and they all are so well dressed...and all that lace made by hand. I don’t know when anyone had the time to make such lovely clothing.
Thank you, Melissa, for choosing my photo. With so many wonderful photos, it's very special to have someone choose one as the best. You're very kind.
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This a photo taken in 1920 of my paternal grandparents Pearl and C. A. Lovelace with my father in their Sunday Best on the church steps of their church where they were very active.

ago by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (297k points)

This is a really neat photograph. Do you mind sharing the location? I want to say somewhere in Texas but I could be completely wrong.,cheeky 

I like that it's a snapshot rather than a studio portrait. Someone thought, "they look so well-dressed that I should take their picture." Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Leigh for your comment, and you sure were close: St Paul Methodist, 2130 Okmulgee St., Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Thank you Joyce for your comment. It might have been a time when they were taking photos of church members; maybe for a directory. I know they were active in Sunday School there.
Such a wonderful photo, Alexis. Thank you for sharing it. I love the styles of the clothes and your dad always looks so nice. It must have been a cold day. I remember the shoes that your grandmother is wearing. My grandmother wore shoes like that until she died in 1985.
Thank you Robin for your comment, especially about the shoes. My grandmother had a terrible time getting shoes. It was stylish to have small feet when she was young, so she wore shoes that were too small, and it caused her to later have foot problems. She would put on bandages and pads in her shoes, and my grandfather would ask, “Are your feet dressed yet?”
Some of the things we remember about our grandparents are interesting -- may seem small, but they're big to us. My sister and I were very close to my grandmother, but in the mid-60s we really started to 'worry' her -- she absolutely(!) did not like the clothes styles of the day, and was vocal about them.
Robin, I can see the midriff tops...and then the mini skirts in the late 60s not being approved of. I was also close to this grandmother, and she thought pregnant women needed to not be seen in public.
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This photo shows my paternal great grandfather Gustav Lewerenz, his wife Sophia nee Clasen and their seven children in their Sundays Best.

The boy next to Gustav Lewerenz is my paternal grandfather Martin Lewerenz.

This photo was taken in 1910 in their house in Oering. For what reason this photo was taken, unfortunately, I can not say.

ago by Dieter Lewerenz G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
Great photo! Even the dog looks dressed up.  I like to think that it was taken only because they thought, "we should have a picture taken." Do you think it was at their house rather than at a photographer's studio?
Thank you Dieter for sharing such a great family photo. I love seeing older photos, and I especially enjoy seeing the way they are dressed. The bow ties on the boys and the dresses on the girls are so interesting.
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People wore their Sunday best to the photographer's studio as well as to church. This is my grandmother's uncle, Hiram Houghtaling, Jr. and his first wife, Lucy.

ago by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Mach 3 (37.8k points)
Joyce, what a stunning couple! Lucy is gorgeous, and Hiram is so handsome! Great photo; it even looks like Lucy’s jacket is velvet.
Thank you for the comment, Alexis. To which I can add "handsome is, as handsome does." The family story is that the  marriage to Lucy did not end happily. His second wife, Emma, was a plain looking woman, older than he was, and very kind. When he was dying, Lucy showed up hoping for a share in his estate, but "she was soon put in her place by Emma." That is "the family legend."
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This is one of my most favorite family pictures! It features my 2x great grandmother Hazel Thompson (far right) and her sisters Geneva (back), Avis (very left), Marion (left twin) and Mary (right twin). The expression on Hazel's face says it all... Someone's not too happy about having to pose for a photo!

ago by Raven Martin G2G6 (7.4k points)
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My 2nd cousin 3x removed (in-law) Viretta Betts (middle) organizes the church clean-up crew. Circa 1973

ago by Jared Crayk G2G3 (3.5k points)
edited ago by Jared Crayk
Hilarious! Thanks for sharing!
Whereas this may have been intended to be a joke, it is a good reminder that those of us who work in the community to perform tasks, such as keeping churches clean, are doing a great service to the congregation. Often these faithful servants do not get the recognition that they deserve. I say hats off to this fine clean-up crew, lest their contribution be swept under the rug.
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Frances Oatman looking very glamorous indeed!

ago by Peggy Watkins G2G6 Mach 7 (76.5k points)
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My Great Grandmother Phoebe all dressed up
ago by Kate Eovino G2G1 (2.0k points)
Thank you Kate for sharing your lovely photo of your great grandmother Phoebe. I also had a great grandmother named Phoebe and a grand aunt named Phoebe... love the name!
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My Dad as a toddler

ago by Deborah Campbell G2G2 (2.7k points)
What a cutie! Your dad looks so happy. It always intrigues me the way they dressed small boys in that era -- always difficult to tell the boys from the girls. Thank you for sharing this photo.
He is so CUTE!  What a great photo!
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My Uncle Bill was the one who told me a lot about my grandmother Isabella. My grandmother died a decade before I was born. I was blessed to have her older brother for so many years. 

ago by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Mach 5 (55.3k points)
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All in their Sunday Best for a 4 generation family photo.

Seated are my great -great grandparents ... Charles "Charlie" Wesley Allison (1837-1919) and Susan Jane Jones-Allison (1843-1925).

Standing are my great grandfather ... Frances "Frank" Asbury Allison (1871-1925) ... and my Grandmother, Oma M Allison-Rammel (1895-1995).

The baby in the photo is my mother, Ruth Ann Rammel-Sims (1918-2006)

There is no date on the photo ... but is is reasonable to assume that it was likely late 1918 or early 1919 ... this is based on Ruth's birth date of 12 JUN 1918 and Charlie's date of death of 19 SEP 1919.

ago by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 9 (92.0k points)
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My Aunt Franie about 1908

ago by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 7 (79.7k points)
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I shared a picture if my 4th Great Grandfather Robert James Richardson (1830 - 1902) all spiffied up which I'm sure was a luxury for him with having a wife and 13 kids! 

ago by Pam Dale G2G6 Mach 3 (35.4k points)
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My new coat, I am 3 in this photo as I was the first girl in my family I usually got new clothes, my 4 younger sisters got the hand me downs. My mum told me that I was very proud of my new coat. It was pink and had some sort of white brushed wool collar and cuffs. What you can't see in this picture are the falling apart chicken coops off the left side of the picture. We had moved a few months earlier and the back yard was a terrible mess. 


ago by M Ross G2G6 Mach 7 (78.4k points)
Yes, I like your new coat too. But I really like the chicken coops which are not in the picture. I can imagine someone saying, "stand over here a little ways, so that the chicken coops don't show." I have a lot of memories of pictures like that.
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I probably should have cleaned up the ink blots. But, check this picture out! This is my grandfather, my grandmother, her sisters and my great-aunt's husband all dressed up and nowhere to go. I think this was taken in the '70s or early '80s.

From Left to right: Richard Dupre, Elaine Felker, Natalie Felker, Robert Hamel, Eleanor Felker and Dot Felker.

ago by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (384k points)
Okay, Chris, let's do this. Natalie and Robert have corsages, so it is their anniversary. They were married 5 June 1948. This is most probably their 30th anniversary in 1978. (Possibly their 25th or 35th).  5 June 1978 was a Monday, so the party was the previous Saturday or Sunday. Robert and Richard look relaxed, so the party is over. Eleanor has taken off her jacket; Richard has taken off his tie. Instead of "nowhere to go", this is a picture of "that was fun, but we're glad it's over." (The person not in the picture is the person who took it.) Thanks for sharing.
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Not sure where or when. Probably at church. But the interesting thing for me, is the way their father has this look, of making sure they don't get out of control. 

ago by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Mach 4 (40.5k points)
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This photo was taken in about 1899 and is of my husband's grandfather [[Hutchen-35|Levi Hutchen]] grandmother [[Butlin-99|Polly Butlin]] and aunts [[Hutchen-36|Margaret]] and [[Hutchen-37|Maud]] It was taken in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. They look so beautifully dressed, I love these old formal family groups.

ago by Gillian Loake G2G2 (2.9k points)

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