I decided to not really edit- I would scan everything (except really blurry or things like the photo of an unidentified baby from the neck down). What dominated the first batch of scans were a number of photos of really rather formal dinners:
This was my father's side of the family. His mother died when he was quite young, and he grew up in a household with his father and four aunts. We always called them collectively "The Aunties". I don't remember being particularly impressed by the cooking of The Aunties, what I remember is the formality of the whole occasion. I think these photos are probably a holiday because my uncle and his family were there too, but they would put out a spread like this on any random Sunday, too. And for The Aunties, good manners were beyond crucial.
I am not sure if the formality was a sign of the times, or if it was just something our family did. These photos are from around 1960 I believe. I find it particularly funny that in this one, my poor brother appears to be crying, my dad is looking at him with a bit of a disgusted look, and my uncle is tensely trying to pretend nothing is happening. I am sure The Aunties are telling my mom to control her kid! (We always became property of Mom when we misbehaved!)
Lest anyone think it was an isolated phenomenon, here we are at my mom's parents' house! (Actually not "we" as I am not born yet in any of these!) My grandparents were across the street neighbors, so on occasion we did two of these elaborate formal events IN ONE DAY!
Evidently this formality has not carried on into the newest generations. I always beg my sons to "at least pretend you were raised by humans" so perhaps that is a sign they are not quite so well versed in the finer points of ettiquette.
This post is in response to this Flashback Friday post over on Christopher and Tia!