Sunday, November 15, 2009

The 18th Edition Of Smile For The Camera's In Town


Smile For The Camera
10 November 2009

While Smiling For The Camera we travel to Egypt, ride the high seas, drive the plains and cycle around town. So many interesting photographs representing how our families traveled. This carnival was an adventure.

Again, you have outdone yourselves presenting a very interesting and varied group of photographs depicting you, your friends, ancestors and family as they traveled.

Let's open the cover of this edition of Smile For The Camera's album of "Travel" and get our ticket punched.

Brett Payne tells us: "Almost a year ago I posted this image of a rather bizarre transportation device in an article on Photo-Sleuth in the hope that readers would be able to help solve the mystery of what exactly it was, and why it appears in my aunt's collection of old family photographs. The footnoteMaven's 18th Smile for the Camera Carnival has the theme of "Travel" and seems an opportune moment to revisit the subject, summarizing what I've learnt." As always, The Photo-Sleuth authors another brilliant article.

John Newmark of the always interesting TransylvanianDutch blog has outdone himself this time with some excellent photographic research of they came in ships. John also adds a six degrees of separation to the Titanic. Great photographs accompanied by an equally great article.

No cart and pony for Midge Frazel of Granite In My Blood. No, Midge went for a rather exotic form of travel; she tells us, "Not a family big on traveling, we do have this cool photo of my grandparent's friends on a camel in Egypt in front of the pyramids." The passportless Midge says this is probably as close as she'll get to Egypt, but it's certainly as close as I'd like to get to a camel.

Linda Hughes Hiser takes us on an extensive family motor trip traveling from Avalon, Pennsylvania to Washington D.C. and Mt. Vernon; then into New York during August 1928. Great traveling photographs! Is it a Buick or an Oldsmobile? My money's on one of these two at Flipside.

At the Roots Blog, Henk Van Kampen gives us two travel photos. One you'd expect to see in Amsterdam, the other, maybe not. An old photo album provides some clues as to Henk's grandfather's mode of transportation.

"It was said that it took Will awhile to refrain from pulling the steering wheel and saying "Whoa" to get the car stopped!" says Karen Hammer of Ancestor Soup. You wouldn't know it from this photograph. Will looks right at home. And Karen, the invitations always open to Smile For The Camera.

Donna Pointkouski tells us that, "The only travel my family did was my dad when he was in the Navy. I found a photo of him on his ship and found a photo of the ship on the web." Donna shows us what can be added to a family story while traveling the web, at What's Past Is Prologue. A very handsome man, Donner.

You may not know this, but Melody Lassalle of The Research Journal is known for finding some of the most interesting and distracting things online. And Melody has done it again, with this photograph of her Great Grandfather and his horse-powered vehicle. Don't let the horse fool you, he was a very modern man. You must see this great photograph!

Janet Iles of Janet the researcher recalls her train trip to Trois Pistoles back in the sixties, and she gives us a little etiquette lesson to accompany the trip. "In the sixties a young lady would not think of traveling in casual attire." My how times have changed, Janet. Loved the outfit!

All My Branches Genealogy authored by Wendy Littrell contains several photographs of different types of transportation. Wendy tells us why; "I had so many modes of travel from which to choose as my family has never shied away from something adventurous. I decided to showcase all the forms of transportation my parents and siblings used during the "Japan" years!" Wendy always has something interesting for Smile.

Carol at Reflections From the Fence has made her Smile submission its own travel map. (You'll have to read her post to see what I mean.) Carol says, "For Man and I, the word travel almost always means, RVing. I mean, I even have a web page showing the camping gear we have owned. There are a few airplanes and automobile trips too. And, now, Man and I are about to depart on another RV trip, away from the snow! RV having fun?? You bet!!" You can't look at these photographs and not want to go RVing too!

Kay Bauman author of Kay B's Place gets the prize for best interpretation of the prompt. Not only that, but I was completely enthralled by the story that accompanied the photographs. Beautifully written, Kay. This is a "Not To Be Missed" submission.

Valerie C. of Begin with 'Craft' has a family that was very "Car Proud," and she has the photographs to prove it. Valerie also has some interesting ephemera to accompany the photographs and put some meat on this traveling tale. I love the bits and pieces as much as the photographs!

Now you wouldn't expect, "At The Drop Of A Hat," to be the title of a story about traveling, but Thomas MacEntee of Destination Austin Family explains that this was the essence of his Mother's travel planning. He also tells us she had a lead foot and worked for the police. "I would shrink into the passenger seat in embarrassment whenever she presented her license to the officer who had pulled her over, knowing full well she had placed it right next to her police ID card. Only wrapping it in a $20 bill could have been more embarrassing!" Thomas is on a mission to document how his mother lived and loved life and he's doing a phenomenal job.

My, what big tires you have. All the better to transport fourteen children. "In rural New Brunswick in the 1940s," Evelyn Yvonne Theriault of A Canadian Family tells us, "families were quite large so bicycling wasn’t just for fun – it was an important way to get around." Evelyn is the host of the Festival of Postcards, one of my favorite places to hang out.

"From the time he could turn the pedals of his first bicycle until his death nearly 75 years later, Robert Hancock traveled thousands of miles across the highways and hills of the Pacific Northwest on the seat of his bicycle." Renee Huskey posts the photograph of this amazing man at Above the Trees. Living in Seattle while traveling back and forth to school in Portland, I can not imagine anyone doing the trip on the bikes of the forties. Yes, an amazing man and well worth a book!

Geniaus (the blog and the person) has a marvelous sense of humor, even if a bit on the dry side. She tells us that, "Travel by sea was the only option for my immigrant ancestors to Australia," while mentioning they couldn't walk on water. She also makes the assumption, and a good one, that those with missing immigration records didn't swim. She does track down the boats on which they traveled to Australia. A great post!

Jasia, Queen of the COG and author of Creative Gene, has stopped by to Smile For The Camera. "I love writing stories about cars and the people who build them, drive them, collect them, and love them!" she explains. Well Jasia, we love reading about your Motor City Roots and enjoy your motoring photographs. May Motor City return to its former greatness.

"I was looking for pictures from our trip to Death Valley," says Gret Koehl of Greta's Genealogy Bog, "when I found one featuring the real star of our family vacation trips: our Edsel." I love it! Greta's Edsel does the grill grin for Smile. Check it out.

Randy Seaver the author of Genea-Musings tells Smile that, "By the 1920s, automobiles were the favored way of visiting friends, seeing sights, taking day trips. My grandfather, Lyle Carringer, had his picture taken at the wheel in 1916 - it may be a Ford Model T. He drove for 60 more years."

Transportation Carnival of Genealogy

Charles Hansen, fellow PNW blogger, presents "My dad Claude Hansen and his early transportation," posted at Mikkel's Hus. Charles shows us the photographs and tells another amazing story of travel by bicycle. The path his father traveled would be difficult on today's highways. Another amazing story and photographs.

M. Diane Rogers' family traveled quite a bit, often with friends and relatives. On this particular photographed trip, they were with friends, posted at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'. Diane has three very interesting period photographs that demonstrate things haven't really changed when it comes to travel pics, now have they?

foonoteMaven closes the album cover on this edition of Smile For The Camera with Traveling Man posted at footnoteMaven. Clark Gable, Spank MacFarland. My Grandfather traveled for work and as always was there to Smile For The Camera.

Thank You All!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fantastic 18th Edition of Smile For The Camera and welcome to all the first-time contributors. We had several. It is evident from each and every photographic submission that a great deal of time, effort, love, and research went into each contribution. As Randy Seaver would say, please take a moment to stop and comment and show your appreciation!

Now The Call For Submissions!


Smile For The Camera
10 December 2009

The word prompt for the 19th Edition of Smile For The Camera is "Gift." It is the holiday season and a time for giving. So give Smile readers the gift of sharing, sharing a family photograph. It can be a gift given or received, it can be the gift of talent, it can be the gift of having the photograph itself. The interpretation of gift is yours. Admission is free with every photograph!

Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!

Deadline for submission is midnight (PT)
10 December 2009


There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, your name, and the name of your blog. Put 'Smile For The Camera' clearly in the title of your email!

2. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival, or select the Bumper Sticker in the upper right hand corner.

See you at the Carnival!


Blogger Carol said...

Read em all, enjoyed each and every one, thanks for the great presentation.

November 16, 2009 at 6:06 PM  

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