Posted by: marthabernie | April 11, 2016

The ’40 Chevy Once Again…1955

004bThis photo was taken in 1955.  That’s the ’40 Chevy in the background in an earlier incarnation than the photos from yesterday.  It was originally painted dark blue at the factory, but as time went on, it was painted white, black and gray before the car was totaled in an accident in 1959/60.  That’s me standing in front of my two brothers:  Larry on the left, Richard on the right. There was a 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 year gap between each of us.  My mother, who was one of 8 surviving siblings (4 more babies died at or soon after birth), 3 step siblings and 3 half siblings, decided she wanted to have each of her children in school before she started with a new baby.  She would never explain why other than to say that she wanted to spend a lot of time with each child.  Her mother died at the age of 42 from a burst appendix (my mother was 6), so it may have had something to do with that. She also was a great seamstress and spent a lot of time making our clothes as well as her own.  Note Larry and Richard’s matching shirts…she made those, and I am sure she made the dress I am wearing under the coat.


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