by Skip Cohen
Throwback Thursday, especially during the pandemic, has become one of my favorite days of the week for two primary reasons.
First, I love the role photography has played in ALL of our lives, going back as far as you want to search. Second, I take time at least once a week to wander through life looking in my rearview mirror, and while this is my Dad's life I'm sharing today, it doesn't change the fun of it all.
I found these two class photographs from 1934 and 1936, 7th and 9th grade, looking through some old albums. Obviously, those were growth years for Dad going from twelve to fourteen. And his signature was a full head of hair, and great sweaters, right up until he passed away five years ago at 93.
This year has been a tough one for everybody. The power of our photographs and their memories, at least for me, has an almost therapeutic effect. Whether it's the photographs themselves or the hunt through the past, they take my mind off the challenges of the pandemic.
While I know everybody in these two photographs has probably passed away, they were all part of what Tom Brokaw referred to as the greatest generation. From the Great Depression to Pearl Harbor and WWII - this is the generation of kids responsible for so many of the freedoms we've taken for granted for so many years.
It's holiday time and perfect to take a long look back on your family's journey.
Happy Throwback Thursday!
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