Saturday, November 8, 2008

oh baby....

... my grandmother, Lois Dorothy Kellogg, was born 20 Jun 1899 so this photograph was probably taken in late 1900. Her father, Spencer Kellogg, Jr., was something of a dilettante, avoiding the family business as much as possible and exploring the arts and other interests.

He was part of a group of amateur and professional photographers in the Buffalo, New York area. There are therefore a large number of photographs of his only daughter throughout her childhood although none of them are dated, sigh! In the photo to the right she looks to be in her early teens, perhaps only 11 or 12 years old.

I never knew my great grandfather as he died three days before I was born but I think he was an interesting person although I am not sure I would have liked him. 

To complete this little pictorial eddy in the stream of life, I include a picture of him, identified as being taken in 1912, where I believe he was trying to appear serious and intense... perhaps he was serious and intense in reality ... and also a photograph of him as a young boy, perhaps 7 or 8 years old. 

This has been an interesting experience. I have never really looked at some of these photographs closely and now I see some family resemblances particularly between myself and my grandmother that I have never noticed before...