First Photos - Page 4
INDEX PAGE - Thumbnail images from the first roll of film I took and photos of the camera I used.

PAGE ONE - Larger images of the camera and an image of a strip of film illustrating the half-frame format.

PAGE TWO - Larger, cropped images of the family photographs. (Three images.)
                      Sherrye, Brenda and Marinelle, and Jeanne

PAGE THREE - Larger, cropped images of the other family photographs. (Three images.)
                       Mom and Dad, Grandpa and Jeanne, Jeanne with kitten

PAGE FOUR - Larger, cropped images of the photographs of the animals. (Five images.)
                           Dogs, pig, cats, horse, and cows

PAGE FIVE - Larger cropped images of some of the other photos. (Three images.)
                        Tree with bird nest, front of house, and dead snake


These cats were at Grandpa's. The cats kept snakes, mice, and rats away from the house and the barn. People didn't keep pets unless they were useful for something. Country veterinarians only treated livestock back then; probably because no one would pay much to have a cat or dog treated. If they got sick or injured, they died or were killed. Pets weren't neutered either. If you had too many, you bagged them up and hauled them off. I remember being mad at Grandpa for taking some of his cats away. One of them gave him some bad scratches on the back of his hand while he was catching them.
I rounded up the cows each day after school. We lived on a 5-acre place on the west side of Highway 95 and Dad owned 40 acres on the east side. He also rented an adjoining 40 or 80 acres. The cows were usually easy to find though. They usually grazed in the cleared meadows, but sometimes went into the woods for shade.
    This is Grandpa's horse. He never owned gasoline powered equipment. I don't think he had anything against modern equipment; he was just accustomed to what he had always used. Actually he was educated to be a teacher and taught school from the time he was 18 until he was about 35. He lost his hearing and there were no hearing aids in the 1920s. He felt that he could not control a class if he couldn't hear what was going on behind him, so he quit teaching and became a full time farmer.
Our black pig in the late afternoon shadows.It is just to the right of the shadow of the post on the far wall of the pen. Another of my jobs was to 'slop' the hog. The back of our house is visible in the distance.
     The image sort of curves up in the upper right side of the frame. This may have been due to a slight warp in the film that kept it from being flat against the exposure chamber during the exposure.
   I was allowed to have a dog. I think the one leaving the camera view is Laddie. Someone from the county seat brought him out to the country because he was a problem in town. They stopped at our place and left him with us. He was a good old dog and eventually died of old age. The younger dog may have been the one that chased cows; so he didn't last long. Pets that had no real use were sometimes tolerated, but pets that caused trouble weren't.