52 Photos Week 19: Maternal

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52 Photos Week 19 Maternal


I wanted to share our second 5 generation picture with you. We also had one with my son.

Left to right is my mother Janet Leinen Smith Denoyer, then my grandmother Minnie Junker Leinen, I am in the middle - Cheryl Smith Hess, my daughter is on the end, Nikki Moore, and my grandson Jace Moore is sitting on my grandmother's lap.

We could have shown our age, and had my 15 year old grand-daughter in the picture, but this was the first time that my grandmother had seen her gg-grandson.

My grandmother is now deceased, and my 15 year old granddaughter is now married and going to have a baby in October. My how time flies. We will all be moving up one generation for the next picture.

Beautiful photo Cheryl you look adorable I just love your fantastic red hair what a beautiful color, what a wonderful family you have and a adorable baby thank you for sharing
Thank you for your loving compliment. You are really the sweetest person I have not meet!

I wanted to share this picture of my Grandmother and my Mother. My mother was born in 1941 in Cornwall when my Grandfather was in the RAF stationed in the far North of Scotland. He did get to see them not long after she was born, though. The Salvation Army gave him the fare to get home to see them both, and he was always so grateful for that. I'm guessing this photo was taken to send to him.

This is a photo of my Nana (Flossie Spade Love) holding my mother Helen Love Anderson. This is my favorite picture of them.  Nana was so loving, the best grandmother ever.  My mother was the cool mom that your friends would love to come over to see her.  Even the old boyfriends would come visit her.  The one thing I remember about my mother is that she would tell us to say hi and smile to everyone we passed.  She was a true ray of sunshine.   

 What could be more maternal than this photo of my mother Helen Love Anderson watching over her husband George and their 3 children, Bonnie and the twins Janice and Jack.  We had just moved to this new house in Monrovia, California and I am sure it was quite the adventure for them all.  Happy Mother's Day Mom.  With love and adoration.

Beautiful photo, so lucky to have five generations in one photograph.
oops! meant to comment

My mom and grandmother (c) 1943/44.

Mom died last year and I miss her!

My brickwall includes this family. My cousin, Jeff, thinks this picture is his 4G Grandmother. Any help dating it would be appreciated. Can you help date this?

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This is my dad Marx goldmark and me when I was a little girl he was a wonderful maternal dad. 

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)
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This photo certainly tells that he is very proud of you.
Thank You Alexis you are so sweet to write this

I  knew it was you right away Susan before I read the caption. smiley

Great picture.

Thank you Rodney
Susan, what a great photo! Your father looks like he loved you very much and you were a beautiful child. Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you Robin he was a very lovely father thank You for your sweet word

Wow, Susan what a great photo of you and your Dad, wonderful. Who would have ever imagined you being so small? Very cute Lol!wink

How sweet of you Shaun ha ha yes it was a long time ago I was so small

Thank You for always being sweet to me

Your box full of photos must be the size of a car! cheeky

Great pic, thanks for sharing!

Hi hi yes I have many photos love them

Thank You for being sweet cousin SJ
What a precious picture.  I love the expression on your Dad's face Susan.  You can see the love in his eyes.  Thanks for sharing this lovely photo.
How sweet of you Caryl to write this that was sweet of you
Great picture, Susan. You are a doll.
Ah how sweet of you Cheryl thank You
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This is a 1924 photo of my maternal grandparents Nellie and Scott Marvin, Sr. Scott, who was an oil well driller and served in WWI as a medic, is holding my mother and her younger brother. Scott was a great father and truly loved his children, and they dearly loved him. Nellie was a tiny little woman, but she was the one very much in charge. Lots of body language in this photo.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Mach 4 (44.2k points)
Gorgeous photo Alexis, your grandparents look wonderful

Holding your mother and her brother.

Thank You for sharing
Thank you Susan.
I like the hats and the hand on the hip. Great photo, Alexis.
Thank you Laurie.
great 20's photo!
Thank you SJ.
Love your Grandma Nellie's hat.  So stylish!  Thanks for sharing this photo.
That is exactly what we called her, Grandma Nellie. Thanks for a great reminder Caryl.
This is an awesome photo. I love Nellie and her outfit!
Thank you Cheryl.
Love this photo of Grandma Nellie!
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My Grandmother , Alice Elizabeth Drake-Sims, was a good mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Here is a photo covering the 4 generation.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 1 (17.8k points)
Four generations! That's special.
What a treasure four generations!  Thanks for sharing your family with us.
I love generation pictures.

Thank you for sharing.
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I'll gladly participate in the 52 photos challenge by contributing the wedding picture of my maternal grand-parents, Félix Champagne and Antoinette Cousineau - married 1930-06-24.
by Simon C. Tremblay G2G1 (1.3k points)
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The only photo I have of anyone hugging a child - that does not include me and my son (and I have LOTS of those) - is this one where my PATERNAL grandmother is holding me when I was a infant. It is dated 1964 because that is the year I was born. But I still call it a MATERNAL picture!!


by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (552k points)
I think she's trying to hold onto a kicking baby and thrilled to be doing it. Definitely a maternal picture!
I would say that the baby is definitely not cooperating, and that may be why you don't have more pictures of people holding babies in your family.  Just kidding.
I have never thought about it, but you are right. It does look like I am kicking, doesn't it!!
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This time, I'll send two photos. The first one shows my father's family: his parents, his sisters and his little brother. He was the handsome young boy.

Short time after this photo was taken, his mother died. The second one shows the same family, but without the mother everithing is different: the clothes, the hairstyle, but, above all, the faces: smiles are missing.

by Margarita López Gila G2G6 (8.1k points)
Thank you for posting these photos. They definitely show the impact a good mother has on her family.
Just what I was going to say, Robin.

Very sad - beautiful family.  Looks like home wink

How very sad - it shows how a mother is really the glue that holds the family together.

I am sorry for your father's early loss of his mother!
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For this weeks challenge I wanted to find the most distant grandmother on my maternal side that I have a picture of. This is Polly Trimble, Bowlin, Griffin, Wells, Yocum. She was my third Great Grandmother. Pictured her with her daughter, Ella Bowlin Lovelace   She must have been one tough cookie. She outlived four (maybe 5) husbands. They said she had an unbelievable green thumb and that her gardens both food and flower were unrivaled in Menifee County. Somewhere I have a picture of her still tending her garden from her wheelchair shortly before she passed. I unfortunately did not inherit her gift. 

by Pam Dale G2G6 Mach 1 (18.6k points)
Thanks for a great photo, and Ella sounds like an amazing lady.
Thank you.
What a great story, Pam, and a wonderful photo.
Thank You. Laurie
wow Pam what a story thank You for sharing the photo and story
Very nice story and picture, Pam.
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My grandmother and her sister Bea with Bea's newborn son, 1910.

by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Mach 8 (88.2k points)
What a wonderful photo! Thank you for sharing it.
Thanks, Robin. It's one of my favourites.
Gorgeous photo of your grandmother and her sister with the new born baby
Thanks, Susan.
The both look so proud on the baby Laurie
Wonderful photo.  I love everything about it.  Really special.  Thanks for sharing it with us.
Your grandmother looks a lot like Princess Diana.
This is terrific!
Thanks so much everyone. What's particularly poignant about this undated photo is that Bea had two children, both sons. One died as a toddler and the other died in World War Two.
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My beautiful Nana, my maternal grandmother Maryann Julia (Wintermute) Barr.  It's absolutely perfect that Mother's Day often falls on her birthday.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 5 (54.8k points)
Your nana is stunning.
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Mother’s Day 1961.  My mama in the chair holding my little brother and me, my older sister sitting on the arm of the chair.  Westminster, California

by Karen Wells G2G6 (6.5k points)

the Picture is better when you view the whole picture. wink

A beautiful mother's day to remember.
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This is a photo of my husband's great-grandmother Cora Ann Webb Patten holding her first born daughter in 1880, Cora Beulah Patten Shaules. She went on to have four more children. 

I love the clothes, especially the baby's gown.

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (214k points)
what a beautiful photo of your husbands photo Robin with her first baby

What a treasure of a photo
I love the baby clothes and the curls in Cora's hair.
Thank you, Susan and Cheryl!
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This is my favorite picture of my mother.  When she was young, she was very pretty. I think she looks like Grace Kelly in this picture.  It's the best I could do for "maternal", because I don't have any cozy pictures of anyone acting that way. 

Alexis reported that she cannot see this picture.  But *I* can.  Is it visible now?  I made some changes. 

by Lynn Bensy G2G6 Mach 1 (14.8k points)
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Nope, I can't see it.  If this is on your mother's profile and she's still alive or otherwise a privacy-protected profile, we won't be able to see it.  You could put the picture on the free-space associated with this thread, see top of the page.
If you can't get the photo to show, just try posting a link here.

The way to post a photo here is: first, it has to be uploaded somewhere, either WT or another site, then, right click the photo and copy "image address."  Then, in the tool bar above the comment box, click on the little photo icon (two mountains and a sun) and then put the image address in the URL.
Yep.  I did that. It’s posted on her profile page and I copied the URL of the pix, clicked on the “mountain” image, and pasted it in the proper field.  I was able to see the pix in my own view, and after I posted my reply.  I have a couple other things to look at.  This was the first time I have tried to use a picture that was not uploaded specifically for a 52 photo challenge.
That above comment was obviously by me... it registered as "anonymous" because I replied from my Ipad.  *I* am still able to see the pix I posted.  Will still go check to see what the issue is.  I tried to fix it again, so please let me know if you can see it.  If I can't fix it, I'll just have to use a pix every week that is not posted on a profile.
She was beautiful!  Thanks for sharing this with us.
What a beautiful photo of your mother Lynn she certainly has a wonderful smile
Your mother is awesome, and she does look like Grace Kelly. Glad it worked out that you able to share this photo.
Thanks, everyone, for your patience in waiting for this picture to show up.  It was a hard-fought battle to get it to show, but I think I can do it the first time, next time.

And worth the wait!  What a cute smile!
I can see Grace Kelly and she is beautiful. Thank you for posting.
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This is my mom's mom's great-aunt, and when I read "maternal" I just immediately thought of her expression looking at her grandson.

by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 1 (18.9k points)
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Gorgeous photo she look wonderful the way she look at her grandson

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
She is sure looking proud as she holds that baby.
Her expression is priceless!
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The most maternal figure I can think of is Abigail Rebekah (Smith) Spaulding who was the matriarch of my maternal grandfather's line in Tasmania. She was the daughter of a convict, married another convict and raised ten children, including one who was the result of a fling her husband had before marriage.

By the time she died in 1893 there was a very large family indeed, as most of her progeny also had many children.

by Rob Judd G2G6 Mach 4 (49.1k points)
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What a fine and generous lady.
What a good hearted woman to raise a child of her husband's. I would say that certainly qualifies her for being maternal.
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Susannah (Wilson) George - mother of 10 children.  6 of her sons fought for the Union in the Civil War and two died.  She gave all to her family and was cherished by them all.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (467k points)
Gorgeous old photo SJ of 10 Children amazing
What a cool old photo.  I love the details of grandma's dress.  How proud of them you must be!  I know I would be.  (cue Rally 'Round the Flag)!
I could never get enough of old photos. Love the clothes they wore, although I don't think I could get through a summer in one of the dresses the women had to wear.

Thanks for sharing the picture.
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My maternal grandmother Caryl Pruett and great-grandmother Josie Benham Pruett.

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
Caryl What a wonderful photo of grandmother and great grandmother

Both look so cute thank You for sharing this wonderful treasure
Your great grandmother is a beautiful lady with gorgeous hair and a perfect profile, love the way your grandmother has latched onto her necklace. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo.
This is a really special photo, too, Caryl. Thanks for sharing.
Josie is stunning!
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My Grandmother Amy Larner with her first child taken in 1914

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 2 (29.5k points)
Beautiful grandmother and child Christine they both are adorable
What a cute picture!
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This is my Great Grandmother Evelyn Octavia Maud Crawford Flintoff with her daughter, my Grandmother Louisa Banks Flintoff.  

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 1 (10.9k points)
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My mother on her wedding day.  I always think of her as the tough, matriarchal, maternal mother who looked after her three children, so it's nice to put in a photograph of her before she became that person.


Nancy Nicholson Trueblood (1932-1992)

by Stephen Trueblood G2G6 Mach 1 (18.2k points)
Her wedding dress is beautiful and she is stunning.

By your description, I guess the old saying "you can't judge a book by it's cover" really is true.
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This is a photo of my great grandmother (mom's mom's mom), Julia Ann (Read) Forrey, and her family. She was born in Ohio in 1846, and told her children about crossing the plains in a covered wagon when her family moved to Iowa during her childhood. There she married Henry Bascom Forrey, after he returned from the Civil War. They moved to Kansas. She had nine children, and my grandmother was the youngest (the little girl in the front).

After her husband died in 1908, Julia moved to Idaho, where several of her children were living. She later moved to California, where her two youngest daughters, Edith and Ethel, had moved, marrying the Stoner brothers, Peter and George. She must have done a good job raising her children, as they certainly took care of her for 30 years, trading her off from one to the other. She lived to about 90. She was senile for many years before she died. When she was living with my grandparents, it was my mother's job to follow her if she went out of the yard, and make sure she got home safely. She died when my mother was 7. My mother also told that her grandmother would get bored, and always wanted to help. Her daughter kept some twine and knitting needles around (this would have been during the depression). When Julia asked what she could do to help out, Edith would give her the twine and knitting needles, and tell her that she really needed a dishrag, and could she knit her one. That would keep her occupied for several hours. She didn't remember that she had just knitted one the day before. The family had drawers and drawers full of dishrags. I did not manage to inherit any, unfortunately. I believe they had all worn out before I was born.


Back row: Ethel, Hattie, Henry Nelson, Josephine, Laura

Middle row: Ella, Henry Bascom (father), Julia (mother), Albert

Bottom row: Edith, Ira

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 3 (37.4k points)
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Very nice family picture!

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