Continuing with the theme of my younger brother, Isaac Tipton, today I am posting several pictures that I have of Isaac from his youngest picture to his latest.
|Isaac definitely doesn't want to be here - that's Curious John to the right - 1948|
Isaac was the second child of my parents Ike (Isaac, Sr.) and Betty Tipton. He was named after my father because my father wanted a child named after him. When I was born my Mother did not want me named "Isaac" because she considered the name Isaac 'ugly' and gold my father so. However, she relented when my second brother was born. Ironically this proved to be appropriate because Isaac was born blonde like my father and grew up to have the same job that my father had (Gindy Manufacturing Company).
|Isaac, Jr. (when we called him "Junior") in second grade - 1949|
Sadly, there is only one picture of Isaac as a baby. I was the oldest so I had most of the baby pictures. My youngest brother, John, also has a few baby pictures and I will feature him in future blog postings. However, this blog post is devoted to my handsome and big hearted brother Isaac, Jr.
|Isaac with his Mom (and mine too) - I always suspected she liked him better than me - 1956|
As I said earlier, Isaac was named after his father, Isaac Walter Tipton, Sr. Isaac also has a son and his name is...guess what? Isaac Walter Tipton, III, also known as "Ikey" which he hates.
|Isaac with his Pop, also known as "Big Ike." 1956|
Isaac and John entering their 'playground' at Gindys -1957
|John and Isaac with some baby kittens then found in the garage at Gindys - note no shoes, we never wore shoes in the summertime - that's what you did when you were poor, white kids in Downingtown in the Fifties -1955|
We lived on Boot Road in a second floor apartment above the Gindy Manufacturing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania from 1954 to 1958. Our 'playground' was the manufacturing complex. We didn't complain. At least no one was chasing us away and hollering "What are you kids doing there?!"
An interesting note, other than when I was very young, there are no pictures in existence of just me and my father. Something I had not noticed until I recently started going through my old pictures for posting to this blog. Again, that tells you a lot about my relationship with my father. Isaac didn't have a close relationship with his dad either. Our youngest brother John was Pop's Pet. He knew it and we knew it and he never let us forget it.
My brothers John and Isaac with Pop. Look at the body language. John has the self satisfied smile of the Chosen Child and Isaac has the quizzical "Where do I fit into this picture?" Of course I was my Mom's Favorite. - 1959
|Isaac W. Tipton, Jr. - 1957|
Movie star handsome right? James Dean had nothing on my brother Isaac in looks. In high school Isaac developed into quite the handsome young man who made many a young girls' heart flutter. However, Isaac was one of those guy who was unaware and unaffected by his natural good looks. Perhaps he was preoccupied with keeping his equilibrium at home sandwiched in between his older and younger brother who took up most of his parent's attention.
|Isaac W. Tipton, Jr. - Army 1961 - Germany - Military Police|
Isaac followed his big brother Ronald's example (that would be me) and joined the Army immediately after he left high school. Isaac was stationed in Germany as an MP. Ironically I joined the Army to 'see the world' and I never got farther than Ft. Meade, Maryland. My youngest brother also joined the Army after high school and was also stationed in Germany. Isaac tells a story that when he returned from service in Germany, the ship he was on had TWO OTHER ISAAC TIPTONS! Now that I"m the family genealogist I wish he would have talked to them and found out what their ancestry was to our ancestors. Small world indeed.
|Isaac Tipton, married and with family, including Isaac, III (in the cowboy outfit) 1970|
|Isaac sandwiched in again by his two bothers - notice that he still has that quizzical "Why am I still in the middle" look on his face - poor Isaac - stuck with THESE two brothers! - 1972|