Here’s an old family picture taken March 28, 1943. There’s old Fred Mitchell, my great uncle and former police chief of the City of Newton in Massachusetts, sitting in the front row with a cane and beside him to the left sits my aunt Marjorie. Her daughter Marilyn, my cousin, later to die of MS in her fifties, stands to the right of great uncle Fred. My dad stands in the back row, taller than anyone. There I am at the age of 14 standing beside the woman in uniform. Old Fred and I are the only ones wearing proper hats, although mine’s tipped back on my head. My mom is the last adult woman over on the left. Then there are the assorted cousins, uncles, and aunts. Cousins Diane, Loraine, and Bruce start on the far left. In addition to me, they are the only ones alive today.

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  1. Minds Erased’s avatar

    You still own that hat, don’t you?

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Hey, thanks for yer comment, Minds. Actually, I finally bit the bullet and bought a new lookalike hat when I was in Dingle, Ireland, in 2005. But I have another hat which is black, and then a mad Russian Cossack hat.

  3. 2e’s avatar

    Nice picture, 1e. I had a bit of trouble recognizing you, since you didn’t have a beard back then. 😛

  4. debi’s avatar

    Wow…that’s a pic to treasure! What kind of uniform is that lady wearing?
    And ouch…tell me that isn’t FUR!

  5. Mardé’s avatar

    Ha Ha That’s right, 2e, I didn’t have a beard back then but probably was looking for my first whiskers. I wonder who made me wear the hat?

    Debi, that lady was a WAC (Women’s Army Corp), stationed in Boston. I never found out what her relationship was to the family and never saw her again. Jeepers, it does look like fur, doesn’t it? Also, the Sarah Palin lookalike on the right looks like she might be wearing furs too! GadZooks!

  6. SleepyLaKate’s avatar

    Fur was very fashionable back then, I’m guessing.

    That photo looks even better on the scanned on the computer Dad!
    Sorry I missed this post earlier this month. :roll:

  7. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, I believe you’re right, Kate, about the FUR. I think it was fashionable during the 30’s and war years maybe.

    When I get a chance I’ll name them all. Four of them are still alive!


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