Vietnam War era family with sailor

What it is:

Photo measuring 5 x 3.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Dec. 1968 is written on the back in pen.



I sometimes wonder by what chain of events the various photos in my collection have ended up in my hands.  This is especially true when the photos are as recent as the one here.  Most of my photos are quite old, and it makes sense that time has led them far afield.  But I look at this photo and I assume that at least one or two of these people ought to still be alive.  So why did I end up with their family photo?  Was it one of many duplicates that they didn’t need to keep?  Was it sent to a distant relative who didn’t care?  Have all five of these people already died without heirs, their artifacts parceled out by indifferent estate dealers to the likes of me?  It’s haunting enough to look at faces in Civil War era photos and imagine the lives of people I’ll never hope to know.  But there is a comfortable distance in that sort of anonymity.  It feels a little different owning a relic from the lives of people whose stories are so fresh, and who might still conceivably show up in my own life.

2 comments on “Vietnam War era family with sailor”

  1. Your photo reminds me of my childhood.

  2. The seated man reminds me of photos I’ve seen of my grandfather from that time period.

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