July, 1913As a footnote to my last weeks Sepia Saturday, I really had little time to describe very much about the wedding photo. It is actually one of those oval photos that has been pressed into a curved glass and placed in an oval frame. I squared it up to help make the appearance to be more acceptable. The problem with the oval photo is that it is hard to have their faces in focus from that kind of picture. They are distorted because of the contour shape.
This is the back view of the whole photo. You can almost see the concave shape of this photo.
My Grandmother Mable Zella Wheeler Brown Brooks was a very hard working woman who would never complain about anything. She was in the hospital with colon cancer, and her bed needed to be readjusted. It was an old fashioned one that nurses had to hand crank to adjust it at the foot of the bed. She would get out of bed and crank her own bed to where she wanted it rather than ask for help.
I remember seeing her sitting at her treadle sewing machine making aprons. I remember her making fruit cake and placing the batter into wax paper lined coffee cans for baking. I remember the joy she had when I painted her house for free as a college kid, and she bought some bright yellow paint for the kitchen and it made her the happiest person alive. I would stay with her in the winter while my parents vacationed and I was still in high school. In them middle of winter, she would shut her fuel oil heater off for the entire night and sleep under an electric blanket as she didn't have a lot of money for fuel.
The dress she is wearing at the age of 16 is still in existence. I actually have the whole wedding outfit except for the gold locket. My mother gave it to her oldest granddaughter. The bracelet is gold and I have it also but it is in disrepair.
I know this is not your family tree type blog today, but it is a sideline blog of the curiosity of this photo. I don't know where they had taken the picture, but I suspect it was in Winterset, Iowa. The town near all the Madison County covered bridges. It was the home area for both of them at the time and they did stay in the area after they married for quite a few years.
Not intending to confuse anyone, but I have created a separate blog for Sepia Saturday. I may go back and bring all the other Saturday postings to this site but for now this will be it's first.
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