This is my favorite photograph of all the ones I have from my father’s side of the family. A few months ago I was thinking about our connection to water, swimming and boating and thought about this image. I went looking for it in the place I last remembered it being located and it was missing ( along with a lot of other memorable photos). I came across them a couple of days ago – woo hoo!
This image was taken on Holland Pond in MA around 1936. I really don’t know any of the story around it. Who’s boat was that? How far away was the photographer (no long lenses then)? Was this vacation?
My father has been filling in details as photographs have been coming out from family members recently. He told me that every year his father had vacation in the first weeks of July because the mill shut down. This is when they went to Canada to visit family and took time to do vacation sorts of things.
My father looks like one happy kid in this photo. I recognize that smile – our children were brought up on water and in boats. They always had that same smile while they were on the water.
They also took the photos with each other. Vacation photos. Take my picture photos. It’s nice to see that has happened for as long as there have been consumer cameras. Now these common photos are family treasures.
When I go through my archives and now with new images coming to light I know that this was probably my grandfather’s 1928 Chevrolet Coupe. My father tells me about an accident they had with it in Canada. It’s funny what he remembers (everything).
It’s funny how things repeat themselves over and over again, generation after generation. My parents always took vacation the last week in June or the first week of July. We always take ours around the first two weeks of July. Maybe it’s a regional thing because of the weather but I’m willing to bet it has more to do with your upbringing. Just as I’m willing to bet these take my picture moments are half done out of the notion that it’s what you’re supposed to do while you’re on vacation.