This weekend is pretty special – tomorrow is Max’s birthday and Sunday is my parents’ 40th anniversary.  Since I didn't plan a surprise anniversary party (surprise!), I wanted to make sure Featured Photo Friday was extra awesome this week - yep, you guessed it, you're getting two photos!  

Both photographs are from wedding days of Schellhardt daughters - Helen and Margaret.  Sadly, the father of the brides would not live long enough to see his youngest daughter, the flower girl in the first photo, marry.  But I’m sure he was there. 

This  first photograph is an example of why Schellhardt Generations exists.  See, my mom has only one photograph of just her and her father…and that was taken shortly before his death.  But a few weeks ago, Aunt Helen Knuttel sent me a photograph of her wedding – she and Uncle Bill were behind their wedding cake, flanked by Mr. and Mrs. Knuttel and Nanny and Max.  And leaning against Max, was a flower girl who was clearly exhausted.  It was a photograph that my mom had never seen before.  And that folks, is what this website is all about!

For her birthday, my mom asked for a copy of the photo…with everyone cropped out so she could have one more photo of just her and her dad.  On this weekend, I think there’s no better photo to feature!
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Max and Margaret Mary Schellhardt
Fast forward a few years to when the floewer girl was the bride!
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Margaret and Joseph Henderson on their wedding day, April 14, 1973, with the Schellhardt family
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By the way, with all the talk of South Philadelphia in yesterday's post, I wanted to let you know that I added some Phun Phillies Photos to the photo album section!  If you have any to contribute - even if it's just you wearing a Phillies shirt - please send them to schellhardtgenerations@gmail.com.  I'm working on blog post now but I tend to suffer post-traumatic stress whenever I think back to those days...
 
 
No, no, I probably shouldn’t write a post all about me.  I mean, that’s slightly egotistical, right?  Oh heck, it’s my blog and I’ll blog about myself if I want to!  Especially since today’s my BIRTHDAY!!!!! 

I’m not one of those people who likes to plaster pictures of herself all over.  I’m more of a records girl.  So here’s my name card from the hospital nursery! 
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Oh heck, just one picture won't hurt right?!
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Margaret Schellhardt Henderson with 33rd grandchild, Denise Henderson (that's me, y'all!)
We've come a long way, baby!  Happy Birthday to me!  I'm so glad to be a part of our family!
 
 
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Helen and Anne Schellhardt
This Friday’s featured photo is my second favorite family photograph that doesn’t include my mom and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Isn’t it fun wondering what adults looked like when they were little?  Growing up, we always had a picture of my mom as a toddler displayed in our house so I had an idea of what she looked like.  Lots of cuteness.  We also had the famous “Boys in Lifering” picture of Uncles Charles, Bill, and Bob as little boys aboard the Bremen.  Again, lots of cuteness. 

But I never saw a picture of Aunt Helen or Aunt Anne as little girls.  It was like they popped into the world as fully formed aunts.  I couldn’t even imagine them as little darling dears!   

A few years ago, however, when I was visiting Aunt Helen and Uncle Bill out in California, I came across this photograph hanging up on the wall.  I loved it so much that I asked Aunt Helen for a copy. The proof’s in the pudding folks – they were once cute kids too! 

Lots of exciting stuff is happening this weekend!  As long as my cat doesn’t lick all the photos, we’ve got some cool additions coming!  Christopher Peter loaned us his album of family photos to scan – and let me just tell you, nothing beats a Peter better than a Peter in plaid pants!  Also, we’ve got some photos from wild Wildwood days coming as well!  Not to mention, some cool family tree stuff from Stephen Knuttel.  Finally, my big surprise – something that you never knew you wanted or needed until now. 

By the way – don’t think our photos are restricted to the 50s and 60s and black and white shots!  If you have color photos from the 70s through the present – we’ll take those too!  I can’t wait to see what your favorite pictures are!