|Me, with my hot bib pants -1947|
Just when I think I've found and posted all my old photos, lo and behold more turn up.
|Me (arms folded - gay already?) Pop and Mom and brother Isaac, Jr. - 1947|
While going through my 80,000 or so photos (yes Virginia, I do have that many photos and more to come) I discovered these "gems" that I don't remember ever seeing before.
|Mom and Pop - 1947|
These photos were among my Mom's photos which were in poor order. Mom didn't keep her photos in a proper photo album. Most were scattered in old boxes and kitchen drawers among old receipts. My God, my Mom kept receipts on everything.
I'm still going through the detritus of her records and photos and found these gems.
The best I can figure these photos were taken about 1947 at Kerr Park in Downingtown, PA. "Pop", the long and lanky hillbilly from North Carolina had met my Mom (motherless and from a poor Quaker family) on a double date. Mom was with a guy named "Charlie Hanck" and her girlfriend Edie Lemon had a date with "Pop", (my father Isaac "Ike" Walter Tipton.) When Pop drove up in his Packard with a rumble seat, my Mom was immediately smitten. She told her girlfriend Edie "You get in the back. I'm sitting with HIM."
|My Mom. Pop carried this picture in his wallet until the day he died, sixty years (1940-2000)|
|Mom and Pop's first home, Cedar Knoll, PA. No electricity, plumbing or heat. That's me with Mom. She was pregnant with me - 1941 - humble beginnings for Ron|
Mom and Pop were married for sixty years until he died in August of 2000. Mom died in September of 2010. When "Pop" died, something within my Mother died. She was never the same.
|Mom with Pop a few days before he died (at age of 80 of lung cancer) August 2000|
|Mom and Pop (on left) with his brother Henry Tipton and his wife Aunt Peg - Kirkwood Park 1951|
These old photos show them early on in their marriage. My younger brother Isaac Jr. is in the photos with me.
|Me and my brother Isaac, Jr. - 1947|
|Me and my two younger brothers, John and Isaac with Pop's Packard - 1947|
I have four nieces and one nephew and seven great nieces and three great nephews. None are interested in "Uncle Ronnie", they have their own lives to live which their distant gay uncle plays no part. I do not state this fact out of self-pity but out of reality of the knowledge when I die most if not all of these long ago memories will die with me.
|Pop with the Love of His Life, my Mom - 1960|
This morning I posted a picture of Bill with his mother. Bill's great nephew sent him this picture. Shortly after Bill and I set up house, Bill sent all his old family pictures to a long forgotten niece to "keep the photos in the family." For me posting these old photos of my family is keeping them "in the family." Maybe sometime in the distant future one of my great-great nephews or nieces will appreciate the fact that their long gone "Uncle Ronnie" took the time and had the consideration to post these old photos before they disappear forever.
|One of the best photos I ever took - my Mom and Pop in their kitchen 1959 - they never stopped loving each other|