Monday, June 30, 2008

Random Photo Monday: Picnic with Ms. Palmer

For today's Random Photo Monday offering, I'm putting up a shot of my great-grandmother taken around 1920. I'm not sure where this was taken – somewhere in central Texas, probably around Bandera or Blanco. Or possibly in a park in San Antonio.

The original snapshot is tiny, and quite scratched and torn. I've tried to clean it up a little, but it's still not a very clear image, I'm afraid.

Great-granny Palmer is the lady on the left, unregenerately smoking a cigarette and wearing a man's hat. The man whose hat she's wearing might have been the one taking the photo. It's a pretty good bet there was a man around, because she went through several husbands and one or two "friends" in her relatively short lifetime. She died of cancer in June 1936, at age 52.


  1. You know, I have never really known what to think about G/Granny Palmer. In MOST of her pics she seems to be rather staid, yet her history says something else! This picture shows a sense of humor that I don't really identify with her. Actually, all I really know of her is what your mother used to say because she was around her much more than my mother was and I know your mother adored her! I wish we could have known her and heard her stories.

  2. What a wonderful photo! What a treasure to get a glimpse of your great-grandmother!

  3. boyett-brinkley--
    I think she may have been (as M. always says) quite a handful. Possibly that's part of the reason our grandmother was a bit straight-laced much of the time.

    Yes, I feel really fortunate to have the few photos I do. Wish I didn't have so many with unidentified people in them!


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