Photo: Two boys and a dog

Sepia Saturday

Demarest, New Jersey circa 1937

I’ve always loved this photo.

It captures a moment in time, a moment in history: my history. That’s my father Norman, and his younger brother Bernard (my Uncle Buddy ) on the road in Demarest New Jersey, with their Airedale Ruby.

A professional photographer took this picture. The boys were heading toward Willett’s Farm, where they grew up. The photographer was working on a story for a farming magazine.

Ruby looks back at the children who have stopped, probably at the photographer’s bidding. Her posture is one of patience; she’s not in a hurry as she waits for her charges. The photo speaks of a slower time, when two boys can slowly walk down the street with their unleashed dog on their way home to the farm.

I can get lost in this photo, imagining what it smelled like, what it sounded like, what it felt like to be a young child in the 1930s.

Do you have any photos like that? Old ones or new ones that are so evocative you can get lost in them?

This week I’m participating in a Sepia Saturday blog hop. Take a look at some of the other photos from the blogs below.


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18 Comments on "Photo: Two boys and a dog"

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  1. My grandmother has many pictures like this. These and the stories my father has uncovered in his search for all my 5 times great grandparents make me think how much life has changed.
    What a special treasure, thanks for sharing!

  2. I could get lost in that photo too. Such a simpler time, love that they lived on a farm, can smell the air. I love how Ruby is waiting for them to catch up. That is a fabulous photo, thank you for sharing!

  3. slimdoggy says:

    Absolutely love this photo. Reminds me of one of my dad with his dog…can’t remember the dog’s name, but same feel to it. Thanks for the memory.

  4. Wow! You are so right! That is a beautiful shot!!
    Its funny, my grandmother has photos like this from way back in the day that you just get lost in when you see them, even when you have seen them a hundred times!
    Photography back then seemed so meaningful.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. What a cool photo! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  6. what a fabulous photo, I would be cherishing that one also.

  7. I just love shots like that. I was lucky enough to inherit our family photos that include pictures taken in the early 1900s…there are more than a few that I can definitely get lost in.

  8. What a great picture! I love looking through my family’s old black and white photos and imagining what it must have been like to live at that time. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Eric Thoroman says:

    Amazing picture — reminds me of the ending of “The Third Man.” Beautifully framed and balanced. Even tiny details like the distant truck evoke the desire to know and see more.

    I have a lot of old pictures, and many have stories to tell, but none are as artful as this. Thanks.

  10. WOW This photo is PERFECT for Sepia Saturday. I love the rustic feel and the memories that are just pouring out of this image. Thanks for linking up!

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