This weeks theme at SEPIA SATURDAY is posted here http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/ . When I saw it, the first picture to pop into my head I already posted not long ago for another photo prompt. Its the showcasing of the back of a train car that caught my eye.
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This post below is not on theme but one Ive been working on this past week, then my internet went down literally in the midst of composing this entry and I had to wait another week to go and finish it! When you are in the middle of writing and researching and your abruptly stopped, its frustrating and hard to get your focus back, I have to be in a mood to do the writing and have a block of time to work on it without the business of parenting, work and life buzzing all around you.
Found these photos in a fantastic booth in Phoenix, Az. This booth had a large stack of large vintage photos, 5X7, 8 x 10 and up!
As usual I scan the backs for any info I can work with and found these 2. Quite a bit was jotted down on the back which makes the pictures take on much more meaning. These two photo’s I could tell went together by the writing on the back, both are 5 x 7 in size. I don’t know about the rest of my fellow Old Photo and Postcard bloggers, but my heart sinks with the amounts of family history unmarked and lost floating around. Im more hopeful when they have some notes jotted down that perhaps one day they will go back into their family history or used for other documentation down the road. I think we are all detectives in our way.
No last name for this family, all we have is “Annie and her Parents” in the photos along with their homes. There are some last names listed as guests so maybe at some point that will help solve the mystery. Looks like a great Vacation/Retirement Home as stated. Was it at Horseheads or Breezy Point? My guess is perhaps Horseheads since there is sprawling land around, but one never knows, Breezy is by the coast.
This Photo says “Breezy Point Horseheads, N.Y. Before 1919. Annie at side with bicycle” . There were duplicates of this photo when I found it, this was the best copy I could find, but there was a very faded one that one had a bunch of info written on the back, I pleaded a bit with the storeowner if I could copy the info off the back of one, Id hand write it and buy the better copy, she acted reluctant to let me do that at first? I said “Ill jot it down myself, Im not asking you to copy it for me” but she ended up copying it after all for me. Remember to click on the photos to get a closer view.
It reads “My Grandfather had a photographer come out from the village to take pictures. Very poor picture, but has survived – shows house. Notice spacing of people- again Annie a little distance off. By 1919 Annie wanted to go back to New York – Grandma needed care – my mother thought it her responsibility to go up and take care of her. She moved us all up- everything in 1914(hard to be sure if the last number is a 4 as its blurred, so date may be a little off)I was in 5th grade. Lived there thru elem, high school and college.Graduated in 1929.”
Second photo reads “My grandfathers place at “Breezy Point” at Horseheads, N.Y. about 1915 when they moved up there as a retirement home. Big house built by one of my grandfather’s brothers. 7 acres room for a large garden and hay crop for horse.
This is in the early stages, lawn not finished, later it was smooth a few flowering shrubs, a great place for croquet, which went on nearly all the time! Everyone “Motored” up in a few years – at one time there were 17 people there for two weeks – including Miller’s (5), Sanfords (4) and us. Including 10 children – Alice S. came up to recuperate from pneumonia (1929)
Note figures in black. Owner and wife – but a little distance away – “Annie” the “girl” is posed with her bicycle.”
So Im not sure which it is, since the photos say “Horseheads, NY” and “Breezy Point” where they are taken. lm just going off the notes I do have.
Googling Horseheads I found this…
There is not a lot on the internet about Breezy Point when I google it but I found a few things…
Wikipedia – Breezy Point is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, located on the western end of the Rockaway peninsula, The community is run by the Breezy Point Cooperative, in which all residents pay the maintenance, security, and community-oriented costs involved with keeping the community private.
Breezy Point and the Rockaway Peninsula in general are unlike the rest of the city of New York, with the latter being very urbanized, developed and noisy, with Breezy Point being a quiet beach community, having more in common with nearby Long Island and even the Hamptons.
This site has some old photos and postcards labeled “Breezy Point, NY”
and this one
If you can help or provide more clues to these photos feel free to comment or contact me, I love hearing stories or other facts surrounding the photos on my blogs.