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    ANCESTORS GONE WILD!

    "If you can not get rid of the family skeleton,
    you may as well make it dance." - George Benard Shaw


    AGW Series - List >
    NEW:
    John Lowry standing on his head on the courthouse lawn in celebration of his 80th birthday
    Ancestors gone wild
    Vintage photo courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library

    AGW - Texas Vintage Photo Series - List:

  • 12-11-11 - Adopt a Pet
  • 10-07-10 - OS Ranch Cowboys
  • 5-19-10 - Columbus Outing
  • 5-10-10 - Sneaking a Smoke
  • 5-4-10 - Fayetteville Goes Green
  • 4-26-10 - Indians in Our Midst
  • 4-19-10 - Men in Tree
  • 4-12-10 - Women in Tree
  • 4-5-10 - Women with Wagon
  • 3-29-10 - First Date
  • 3-20-10 - Battleship Texas
  • 2-18-10 - Long Road
  • 1-20-10 - Sober and Dignified
  • Introduction
  • Guidelines for Submissions
  • Introduction

    Until recently, life was pretty tough. Life expectancy was down, infant mortality was up. For women, maternity leave in the 19th Century was little more than a short nap before getting back to making soap or scalding hogs. For men, there was always plenty of overtime available after fulfilling your standard 72-hour work week. But who said anything about extra pay?

    In an agricultural economy, leisure time was either after the harvest or on Sunday afternoons. Even then, getting one’s clothes ready for a church or a picnic was a major ordeal. When work was finally over, people (after the initial physical collapse) might actually have the energy for a smile or laugh.

    This series, gleaned from photo collections (ancestors were very big on gleaning) and / or sent in by readers, shows our antecedents lightening-up, cutting loose, acting the fool, posing, posturing, cutting rugs, cracking wise, pulling pranks and legs (with or without the benefits of beverage alcohol).

    See Guidelines for Submissions

    Guidelines for Submissions:

    Photo captions are provided by the submitter, henceforth known as the party of the first part. (Just kidding.) Captions might be edited for brevity. Under fifty words is ideal, but in case a background story or an explanation is needed, this can be extended to 100 words.

    Photos should be prior to 1960.

    Submissions should be sent to: editor@texasescapes.com as jpg email attachments with Ancestors Gone Wild or AGW in the subject line.

    Photos should belong to the individual or family submitting the photo and should not be taken off of the Internet or auction sites such as Ebay. In the event photos are from archived sources, a credit should be given for the entity permitting usage.

    “Found photos” from flea markets and antique shops are frequently amusing - but no more so than the ones in your family album.

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