Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Mom At the Beach

I think this is my first time participating in Sepia Saturday, but having recently rediscovered this picture of my mom, I couldn't resist.  This is my mother, Maryanne Hill Yarborough.  I don't know where or when the picture was taken, but my guess is that it was sometime in the mid- to late 1950's on one of the beaches here in Hampton Roads, VA.  (She would have been between 20 - 25 years old.) Since the beaches were still segregated at that time, she was probably either at Ocean Breeze or Sea View in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area, or (less-probably) at Bay Shore in Hampton.



On the slim chance that the picture was taken a bit later, say in the early to mid-60's, I'd most certainly say that this is Buckroe Beach in Hampton, where we moved in 1964. However, by that time, my mom would have had 4 children, and I just think she looks a little too relaxed for it to have been then.  But, you never know!

My mom is obviously "stiking a pose", and I think she looks very pretty, and even "sexy".  (Is one supposed to say that about one's mother?) :)  I plan to visit the area beaches to see if I can locate this spot, based on what I see in the background of the photo.  Wish me luck!

Renate

PS... To see a picture of my grandmother (my mother's mother) in all her swimsuit glory, please take a look at my previous post, "Fun in the Sun - Grandma Thomas, Back in the Day!" which was posted in 2010 for the 95th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.





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23 comments:

Wendy said...

Welcome to Sepia Saturday. I'm not far from Virginia Beach, but I can't pinpoint the location of your mom's picture. So many beaches had fishing piers.

Renate said...

Thanks, Wendy. I'm right here in NN, so I'm planning to check it out, myself. I actually found an old postcard on ebay http://tinyurl.com/cbe9skl that shows a similar shoreline, but it says it was at Ocean View, which was for Whites only at that time. Also, the picture is minus the structure that you're calling a fishing pier. (I couldn't see it clearly enough to say for sure that it was a pier, or one of those other structures - I don't know what you call them - that you can't/don't walk out on.)

Thanks for your comment!

Renate

Bob Scotney said...

Welcome from me too. The picture is delightful.

Little Nell said...

A great first post for SS Renate. Your mother has a wonderful figure, posing or not, and I enjoyed the post about your grandmother too.

By the way, I don't know if you realise that you have Word Verification switched on; most of us in SS have turned it off with no ill effects, as long as you have moderation enabled (It can put people off commenting).

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

Hi and welcome to SS. Your mother is gorgeous and look at the almost empty beach! I hope you'll stick with us and enjoy sharing your memories and photos.

Boobook said...

The beaches were segregated??
Astonishing.

Beautiful photo.

Joan said...

Renate, Cool picture. Glad to have a chance to visit your blog again.

Kristin said...

Good to see you posting and here on Sepia Saturday. I hope you'll be back. Your mother looks beautiful and I took another look at your grandmother and see you come from a long line of bathing beauties.

Renate said...

Thanks, everyone! And, thanks, Little Nell. That makes complete sense. :)

Kristin, I've been enjoying your Sepia Saturday posts for so long. I'm glad I finally took the dive! :)

Renate

ScotSue said...

You are right - your mother looks beautiful. A happy memory.

Alan Burnett said...

It is wonderful to be able to welcome so many new Sepians this week, especially given the high quality of their contributions. Lovely picture - beaches were made for people to pose on, it's what makes life interesting (and looking at old photos fascinating)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Renate, welcome! Your mom is beautiful. I liked how you thought that she looked to0 relaxed to have all of you kids yet. Maybe you guys were back at home with your Grandma, lol.

Kathy M.

Kathy said...

Welcome to Sepia Saturday. Your mom was beautiful and striking a lovely pose on the beach. Good luck finding it! Enjoyed the picture of your grandmother too.

Natalia Sanders said...

Grandma looks stunning!!!

Brett Payne said...

Geat photo, and a fine contribution in the Sepia Saturday tradition. I look forward to seeing more from your collection. Best of luck with finding the spot.

Peter said...

Welcome to Sepia Saturday from me too. I think your mother is a very handsome woman. And obviously she inherited posing from her mother!

Kat Mortensen said...

Welcome to Sepia Saturday!

Ooh, if you do find the spot, you must reenact the photo! (Of course, you'll have to wait for summer. We wouldn't want you to freeze your patootie off!)

Kat

Karen S. said...

I think so too, and welcome, so happy to see new folks, and their posts, with such wide ranges of photos. Truly a lovely photo you brought to us! But these photos are beginning to make me miss summer even more!

Renate said...

Thanks, everyone! I took the picture to the nursing home today and showed it to my mom. It put a BIG smile on her face!

Natalia, I'm thrilled to see you here!

Renate

a3Genealogy, Kathleen Brandt said...

Oh...how fabulous it is! And yes Mom is looking beautiful and sexy!

Renate said...

Thanks, Kathleen!

robyn said...

Go mom! Renate she looks beautiful. So now youve gotta post your bathing suit picture from your 20s;)

Renate said...

Robyn -- HA! That'll be the day! Lol.... Seriously, if I ever find one of me that looks as good as my mom's I will, but I doubt if that will happen. I did, however, run across one of my oldest daughter, that looks almost just like this one. Maybe I'll post hers, soon!

Renate