Thirties Prairie Portraits

family in the gardenThose are works of art!  Charming portraits of a family on the Canadian prairie’s flashed on the screen during the slide show I  put together for my Aunt Viola’s 95th birthday. mom and siblingsI had found many of the photos saved in albums and envelopes when I helped her move into a personal care home.  Some of the scenes were so idyllic and lovely my brother suggested they could be turned into beautiful paintings.  I just loved these portraits of my mother’s family. family portrait on porchI asked my Aunt Viola who had taken all the lovely photos and she said most were taken by her Aunt Marie.   My Great Aunt Marie, my grandmother’s sister never married.  She had a  job in California working for a wealthy family.  When she came home to visit her family in Drake Saskatchewan she always brought along beautiful clothes for her sister and her sister’s children.  prairie girls playing houseGreat Aunt Marie also owned a camera and she took photos of her sister’s family. three sisters 1930s

Tbese are just a few samples of the charming prairie family photos taken by my Great Aunt Marie.  

mom and sisters oct 1934

I am grateful to her for recording these beautiful memories from my mother’s childhood. 

schmidt family with sleigh


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3 responses to “Thirties Prairie Portraits

  1. These are just marvelous! So evocative!


  2. gabe

    Like a movie set. Wonderful. Is your mom the youngest?


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