Sepia Grandma

Here's another post about my grandmother, born 1897 in South St. Paul.

Helen, circled, around age 13, in 8th grade.

Early teens, looking very studious.

Helen and her sweetie the raffish Arthur. Looks like he's robbing the cradle, doesn't it! But she looks pretty chuffed about it. Love that collar!

Girls gone wild, age 19 or 20.

Lah di dah! Helen looking very grown up indeed. I'm not sure of the year, but she looks younger than in the following shot, so perhaps it's her high school grad picture?

Married, methinks around 1919.


  1. She's beautiful! Love your running comments...delightful!

  2. She is sooo cute and Arthur is sooo handsome.

  3. What a lovely series of images. I like the contrast between the "studious" and the "lah-di-dah" one - very interesting.
    Evelyn in Montreal

  4. She does look studious in that photo. It's amazing what a difference glasses make.

    Since I started wearing glasses I've become twice as intelligent.

  5. Another great collection of photos. I too was struck by the difference between the appearance of your grandmother in the various photographs - almost as if the setting and the mood changed the way she looked.