Growing Up In A Large Family

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@HazySue (19512)
United States
October 29, 2017 10:17am CST
The other day I unearthed a tote full of old, old photos. They are 50 years and much older. To my delight This photo was on top of the pile. This is a photo that is from 1947. It is of my mother and her sisters. Yes there were 5 girls in her family. But wait, there were also 5 boys in the family. Talk about a large family! My mother is the second from the right. I loved seeing my aunts as young women. It was a real treat. All of the young women in the photo have passed away but I am thrilled to have this as a memory of them in their younger years.
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@Happy2BeMe (71962)
• Canada
29 Oct
What a great picture. It is such a treasure to have photos like that. I had five sisters, no brothers. My Dad came from a family of nine siblings and in mom's family there were 13 of them. Big families were quite common back then. I have a friend who came from a family of 24 siblings.
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@andriaperry (43432)
• United States
29 Oct
I know a bunch of siblings and their were 20 of them.
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@Happy2BeMe (71962)
• Canada
30 Oct
@andriaperry Big family!
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
@Happy2BeMe it used to be the way of things. My father had 7 siblings.
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@1creekgirl (9808)
• United States
29 Oct
What a treasure that is for you.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
It was a wonderful find. I am framing it for my wall of family.
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@andriaperry (43432)
• United States
29 Oct
My mother came from a family of 13, a set of twins were 2 of them. I have some old photos of family and it is nice to see all of them young.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
It is nice to see them young. I think sometimes we think of them as always having been older.
• United States
29 Oct
Your Mother was the tallest, bless her. It must be wonderful to have all these photos.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
She was the tallest. Believe it or not she was only 5'5" tall.
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• United States
30 Oct
@HazySue Aw same height as me.
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@nomus24g (20256)
• India
29 Oct
old photos make u nostalgic...
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
They sure do. It kind of makes you wish you could have known them way back then.
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@nomus24g (20256)
• India
30 Oct
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@responsiveme (14225)
• India
30 Oct
That is a nice photo...Large families are fun.nowadays it is just the parents and two kids usually here
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
That is how it was with us. After the 10 children the next generation went down to two or three children per family.
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@BelleStarr (36113)
• Portland, Connecticut
29 Oct
That is a beautiful picture, my mother had 5 sisters and 4 brothers so the same size family. It was fun growing up with so many aunts and uncles.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
It was fun, you always had cousins to play with.
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@toniganzon (47891)
• Philippines
30 Oct
Wow that's a really large family. My father had three brothers and two sisters. My mother only have one sister and two brothers. I recall that back in the days, the mother could have dozens of children. And that's because they got married at a very young age of 16 or 18. But these days, it's just hard to find a mother who has 5 children.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
I wonder what type of shape their health was in after have that many kids.
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@toniganzon (47891)
• Philippines
30 Oct
@HazySue OH I had a teacher looking great even after having a dozen of kids.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
31 Oct
@toniganzon that is unusual, it usually takes quite tole on the body, especially in those days.
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@nangayo (2341)
• Nairobi, Kenya
30 Oct
Old families were rather huge not like now where there are two or three in a family. We were so used to having many brothers and sisters and life was cheap then and manageable.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
It would cost a virtual fortune to have large families like that today.
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@nangayo (2341)
• Nairobi, Kenya
31 Oct
@HazySue Life is too expensive today to even think of having more than three children.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
31 Oct
@nangayo I stopped at three. I would have had more if it wasn't so expensive to raise them.
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@Courtlynn (64830)
• United States
29 Oct
I have a big fanily too.. My great-grandmother had about 6 children, and my grandmother did as well, as well as two of my aunts. Too bad we aren't a close big family like when my mom was growing up, and even I was.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
Unfortunately the aunts and my mother have all passed away and the cousins did not stay close at all.
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@Courtlynn (64830)
• United States
30 Oct
@HazySue that is sad. My family is distant due to my aunt being hateful
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
31 Oct
@Courtlynn mine just drifted apart. It is sad that one person could effect a whole family.
• Pamplona, Spain
29 Oct
A great treasure to keep there. I donĀ“t have any of my Aunts or others but I have their faces in my memory so that is something. Great photo.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
I didn't have any either until I found this tote full of old photos.
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• Pamplona, Spain
30 Oct
@HazySue All the ones I had belonged to my Mom and they all got vanished away by certain people and I have never been able to recover them.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
31 Oct
@lovinangelsinstead21 that's too bad. They are something you can't replace.
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@paigea (21558)
• Canada
29 Oct
That was a large family. Wonderful to have that picture
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
From what I understand it is more of an average size family for those days. Can you image having that many children these days?
@paigea (21558)
• Canada
30 Oct
@HazySue I can't imagine. My parents/grandparents did not come from families that large.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
31 Oct
@paigea it certainly made for a crowd during the holidays.
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@silvermist (18034)
• India
29 Oct
That is a great treasure to preserve.Just now I was thinking about joint family system we had here.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
They will be preserved and some passed on to my daughters.
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@silvermist (18034)
• India
31 Oct
@HazySue Imagine the wonder the third or fourth generations after us in the family will be feeling looking at some of those photos.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
31 Oct
@silvermist I am sure my girls and their children will enjoy these photos.
@fishtiger58 (30383)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Oct
Fantastic picture, I have one of my mom when she was 2 her mom and grandmother. Love that pic. I also have one of my grandfather when he was like 7 and his brother was 5. I am a female but I looked just like my great uncle at the same age. It's positively eerie.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
I take after one of my aunts. It is eerie.
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@fishtiger58 (30383)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Nov
@HazySue It is
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@hereandthere (27750)
• Philippines
30 Oct
i have many siblings, too. big families were common back then. i love the dress in the middle.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
I understand that they used to share clothes passing them back and forth.
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• Philippines
31 Oct
@HazySue we still do - clothes, shoes, bags
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@just4him (106560)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Oct
That's great you found those pictures, and that one is very nice. A real find!
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
Isn't it wonderful? I found, just this morning a photo of my grandfather holding my mother as a baby.
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@just4him (106560)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Oct
@HazySue That's awesome!
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@m_audrey6788 (13827)
• Germany
29 Oct
Great photo! It`s really nice seeing an old photo of your mom with her siblings looking all young and happy enjoying the day together!
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
It always makes me happy to see them all together.
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• Germany
30 Oct
@HazySue Oh I can understand your feeling as my mom belongs to a big family too but for 7siblings
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@TheHorse (60400)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Feb
I just poke with my Auntie, who is turning 95. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of her carrying me out into the ocean in NY when I was five or so.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
4 Feb
It funny the things we remember about our childhood. That's a sweet memory.
@JudyEv (115607)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Oct
How nice to have this photo of the five daughters. Such photos are priceless heirlooms nowadays.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
The further down into the box I get the more photographic treasures I am finding.
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@YrNemo (10361)
30 Oct
The ladies in that photo, they look like Hollywood actresses in the 50s - 60s movies.
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@HazySue (19512)
• United States
30 Oct
Thank you, I thought they looked quite nice all standing there.
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