Focus. Zoom. Click. The camera capturing one precise moment in time for all eternity. Unless you have a digital camera. Then you can erase what you don’t want to keep.
Today’s featured photo is another one of those moments in time and it is probably one of the most iconic photographs in the Schellhardt family photo collection. It ranks right up there with Max and Anna’s wedding portrait. In fact, for a long time, this was the only picture that indicated that my mother’s siblings were young – no, little – once upon a time.
Yes, here it is. Three brothers in a life ring.
Three brothers leaving on an adventure. They had the run of a whole, great, big ship. Can you imagine the excitement? Can you imagine the trouble that they must’ve gotten into? With those three brothers, there was certainly a little mischief during their voyage.
But into what were they sailing?
(After posting this - and looking at the photos for a good hour and having a loud debate with myself on the timing of the photos (would you wear a sweater in July? Was March 1935 particularly warm and short-wearing weather? Does Nanny look like she just gave birth the previous month? Did ladies carry black purses after Memorial Day in the 1930s?!) - I decided to couch this entire post with, I don't know anything for sure. Consider this an exercise in creative writing.)
*Bonus trivia question – one of the aforementioned photographs is the most requested record from the National Archives. Which one is it?