Tuesday, August 12

Mr. Kenju's Family Photos, Part 2



We're not sure whose class this was. Their knickers sure were baggy!


This is grandpa kenju and his sister at their confirmation. Don't you love the high top shoes and the big neck bow?


That's Floyd Patterson, the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (mid-1950's) in the middle and grandpa kenju standing behind his left shoulder. The photo was taken at Rupert Brewery's Draft Room (in NYC.)


Grandpa kenju in the middle at the top; his sister on the right. We don't know who the woman on his other side is. "Some doll", as grandma kenju would have said. The man on the lower left is the husband of grandpa kenju's sister. He was movie star handsome.



The cutie-pie on the bottom is grandpa kenju, and his sister and brother were on top of him. It was taken at Coney Island in the early 1920's.

17 comments:

Awareness said...

Judy, these are great photos. I love them. I need to scan a few more from my grandmother's collection too.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I do, I do love the high top shoes and big neck bow. Hey...and Grandpa Kenju was a dam good-looking guy....and dare I say probably still is. I just love these old photos Judy...they are just wonderful pieces of the past.

Badaunt said...

I love these old photos. The big neck bow is hilarious. Can you imagine trying to get a kid to wear that these days?

Mar said...

Me too, I love looking at old photographs. More so when I am "introduced" to the pictured ones!!
Lovely shots, kenju. Great job scanning those old treasures.

Bob-kat said...

What wonderful old photos. It can be great looking through old photos like this and they tell us so much about the time they were taken.

tiff said...

So, grandpa kenju is mr kenju's dad?

I'm figuring 'yes,' being as how you're not from the NYC environs...

LOVE the old photos.

kenju said...

Yes, these are all mr. kenju's relatives, and gramdpa kenju is his dad.

Granny Annie said...

I'm thinking grandpa kenju was pretty "movie star handsome" himself. Great photos.

Nancy said...

Judy,

That kid in the second row from the top (Dark jacket)and I must have been separated at birth. We simply must have had the same Mother.

Only his Mother and mine, would have made him wear that dark jacket when every other kid in the picture was wearing a white shirt and tie. Oh! the humiliation of being the "Different" one all the time.

I can hear that kid now."But, Mom, we are supposed to wear white shirts and ties only."

"I don't care what they said. You will wear the dark jacket. You will look nicer than all of them. Do you always have to do what everybody else does? If they all jumped off a bridge,would you jump,too?"

Sound familiar,Anyone?

kenju said...

Yes, Nancy, it DOES sound familiar, especially the jumping off a bridge part. If I had a $1 for every time my mom said that to me, I'd be rich!

Beverly said...

Those photos are so great. I have a few, but not nearly as many as you. Aren't scanners great to help us preserve these gems.

whimsical brainpan said...

What great photos! And I do love the neck bow. :-)

Anna said...

Those kids and their baggy knickers!!!! :)

CAROLYN said...

I remember hearing someone say once that "they didn't make people as pretty 'back then' as they do now." Looking at these photos I'd certainly have to disagree with that :)

JeanMac said...

Wow, love to look back on old photos.

rosemary said...

Oh how I love those old pictures.....what a handsome family. I have a photo of my mom with high top button shoes; my grandfather was a shoemaker....and a button hook that was my dad's

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh I LOVE these pictures, Judy...There is something about old pictures that is utterly fascinating to me.....What people wore; How they wore their hair, etc.....It doesn't look that long ago to me, in some ways....