Another negative from the Dearing family collection — unfortunately, we don’t know who the individuals were, but evidently they were pals! Probably the photograph was taken somewhere in the Chatham/Pittsylvania County area; if anyone recognizes the youths, please comment.

Someone (presumably Mr. Dearing) wrote on the bottom of the negative; when I scanned it and made a negative of the negative (does that make sense?), the word appeared in white.

From the Dearing family collection, courtesy the Virginia/North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society, Danville, Virginia.

Puppy Love in 1932

Operetta to be Presented

“Puppy Love,” an operetta, will be presented at Callands High School Saturday evening, April 9th, at 8 o’clock by the Glee club.

It is a three-act drama depicting the love affair of a couple and their schoolmates, while attending high school and college. New and old songs, which you will enjoy hearing, will be sung by members of the Glee Club.

– from The Tribune-Enterprise, Chatham, Virginia, Friday, April 8, 1932.

(It is possible that the Callands glee club was enacting a play by Adelaide Matthews that was popular in the late 1920s/early 1930s.)

Winston Churchill’s mother


Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Churchill (nee Jennie Jerome), circa 1898. This picture seems to be a strange hybrid of a photograph and an engraving — her dress may actually be painted in, and her hat with the towering feathers (probably ostrich) has been retouched/enhanced.

Fashion Books

Postcard2A Postcard2B

Mr. Whitehead
Please send me May fashion book please send it at once.
Yours Sincerely
Mrs. Almeyda Shelton
R.F.D N.1
Gretna VA

[addressed to]
Mr. J W Whitehead & Son

Postmark unclear, perhaps Gretna Apr? 1914 or 1919? The postcard depicts Ninth Street in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Mrs. Almeyda Shelton probably wanted a fashion magazine, something like Harper’s Bazaar or others of that ilk, or perhaps a book of examples of sewing patterns.

Clowning Around


From the Jones/Yeatts/Beaver family photographs, but I have no idea of why we have it. I don’t know of any professional clowns in our family tree . . . .

Best guess is that the photo could be from the 1920s or 1930s. At least everybody looks pretty happy in the picture!

Bad Weather

At the Spelling Bee:

Miss Reynolds –– Woodrow, spell weather.
Woodrow David –– W-i-e-a-t-h-e-r, weather.
Miss Reynolds –– That’s the worst spell of weather we’ve had this year.

From The Tribune-Enterprise, Chatham, Virginia, Friday, April 8, 1932.