More Family Treasures

This week’s Veterans’ Day observations brought to mind a couple of family treasures discovered during the auction we attended last month.

The first is a photo of my mom’s brother, Bennie, who was a soldier during World War II.

uncle bennie soldier 11-12-2015 9-28-12 AM

Uncle Bennie was a prisoner of war for some time, but along with another soldier, was able to escape past a sleeping guard. I was told as a young child that he didn’t like talking about the war, so I never learned the details of his experience.

A copy of that photo was in a basket of family pictures that I brought home from the auction last month.  The picture wasn’t new to me, but the treasure was found when I turned it over to look at the back:

back of uncle bennies pic 11-12-2015 9-33-13 AM

That is my grandmother’s (Bennie’s mom’s) handwriting. I’m guessing, by writing” from Mother” at the bottom that she was sharing this picture with another of her children. (Interesting that it appears to be a postcard.) How special it must have been for her to receive this photo from  her son so far away from home.

I also found another familiar photo in the basket. These are my grandparents (Bennie’s parents).

grandma grandaddy 11-12-2015 9-28-12 AM

And again: another poignant message on the back:

back of grandma grandaddys pic 11-12-2015 9-31-43 AM

Obviously, Grandma had included a copy of this picture in a care package sent to Uncle Bennie during his time in the service.

We all probably feel the same when we look on the back of a newly discovered old family photo: we’re either going to be excited to see information there – or disappointed if it’s blank.

Although I’m always happy to have any old family photos, seeing my grandmother’s handwriting on the back of these, and knowing the circumstances, make them even more special.

~These Days Of Mine~

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11 responses to “More Family Treasures

  1. You were SO lucky to get that box of photos at the auction!

    Pam

  2. This is exactly why continuing to write letters is so important. What treasures you have!

  3. So sweet = thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh those are treasures fro sure!

  5. The handwritten notes on the backs of these photos provide show so much about the love and wonderful relationships in the family.

  6. Oh, Dianna, I bet you’re just thanking your lucky stars that you got that box of photos. Makes the treasures even more special to see your grandmother’s handwriting, I bet!

  7. More great finds from that day …
    So good that messages were included on the back of these.
    That photo of Uncle Bennie has always been a favorite of mine- he looked uneasy – but he also looked prepared to handle what was coming his way… The fact that he escaped shows it ..

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Amazing pictures and treasures, Dianna. You are so blessed to have them.

  9. I have seen Sundae’s name so many times I came to visit her And besides seeing her, I got to enjoy (and I did!) these wonderful old pictures. I truly love things like that. I like any family’s history and I am especially interested in American history and war times as well.
    Katie Isabella’s mom

    • Hi, there Katie Isabella’s mom! I’m so glad you stopped for a visit and that you enjoyed the pictures. I just love anything old, especially when it has family connections!

  10. What a great find! To discover more about the people in your past in a box of photos is simply amazing!

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