Grandma Sullivan with the Hall kids

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What it is:

Photo measuring approx. 3 x 5 inches, mounted into a cardboard frame/folder (I have cropped most of the folder out of this scan).

What I know about it:

Photographer is Marks of Clinton, Missouri.  Written on the back is:  Hannah J Sullivan / J. E. Hall Jr / Helen S. Hall


I have a bunch of photos showing people named Sullivan, and a bunch showing people named Hall.  (Click here to see the ones I’ve already posted.)  Even though they were purchased together, I would not have been sure they were related without this photo, the link showing that the Sullivans are the matrilineal ancestors of the Halls.  I’m assuming, by the way, that the baby Helen pictured above in her grandma’s lap is the same Helen seen here in her graduation dress.  Regardless of these connections, I think it’s a very nice photo on its own.

8 comments on “Grandma Sullivan with the Hall kids”

  1. Lovely picture,,,but grandma looks a bit tired. Those look like two very energetic children. 🙂

  2. What a heartwarming photograph. I haven’t seen many photos of young children with their grandparents on your blog. It’s such fun to see this happy group together for a picture.

    I always find it amazing how you end up with so many photos of the same person or families throughout all different stages of their lives. It’s so fascinating. Great post, Matt!

    • Yes, you’re right, I don’t think I have too many portraits of that generational split. I wonder if they were less common, or if I just don’t happen to have many. As for the multiple photos of the same people, it’s the result of buying bunches of photos at the same time from the same dealer on places like eBay and finding out that they were from the same family. It’s a treat for me to make those connections, so I’m glad you enjoy them, too.

  3. The contrast of the age on her face and the newness of the childrens’ is very striking. and look – baby Helen’s hand is blurry!

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