Monday, January 14, 2019

One-of-a-kind family photograph

This group photograph was taken during my parents' wedding day on June 14, 1969. They were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and the reception was held at nearby Rolling Green Golf Club. So one of those two places was the likely setting for this shot.

As the person who inherited the bulk of the family photographs — and, dear heavens, it's a lot of photos — I believe I'm in the best position to say that this is the only shot that contains all eight of these people in the same photograph. So it's a pretty neat piece of my family history. My father and my uncle are the only two people in this photograph who are still alive.

From left:

  • Howard Horsey Adams (1892-1985), a great-grandparent of mine on Mom's side. I called him Pop-Pop. Read a bit about him here.
  • Greta Miriam Chandler Adams (1894-1988), Howard's wife. I called her Mimi. Her collection of ephemera from world travels has contributed greatly to many Papergreat posts.
  • Charles Ingham, Mom's brother, who now lives in Texas. Great sense of humor.
  • Helen Chandler Adams Ingham (1919-2003), Mom's mother. Daughter of Howard and Greta. I called her Beembom. Her life and travels have also contributed greatly to this blog.
  • Mary Margaret Ingham Otto (1948-2017), my mother. Read through the Mom's Life label to learn all about her.
  • John Alan Otto (born 1947), my father. Now lives in Florida with his wife of 23 years, Sally. More pics of Dad here.
  • Olive Virginia Hartford Otto (1914-2006), Dad's mother. I called her Bambi.
  • John Alexander Otto (1911-1991), Dad's father. I called him Pappy. He was a World War II veteran and once bowled a 300 game.

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