(Not So) Wordless Wednesday

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Howdy partner! This was Halloween 1987. I was the coolest gunslinger on the Northside of Youngstown (and in the 80’s, Youngstown had more than a few gunslingers) and my sister was a princess (she still is). My vest was homemade by my mom, from a pattern that she bought. The cowboy hat was loaned to me from my mom’s friend, Shirley Morrison. I disctintly remember the Halloween parade at Saint Edward School where the elementary school kids paraded around the classrooms of the upper grades. My costume was a huge hit with the 8th grade girls. I have a hard time believing that today you could get away with taking a pair of cap guns into school.

Source:
Caroline Lowry [Nagy] and Joseph P. Lowry, photograph, taken in Youngstown, Ohio, around Halloween 1987; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2015 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Rebecca Lowry, [address for private use], Poland, Ohio; Two children in Halloween costumes of cowboy and princess; Provenance is Rebecca Lowry to Joseph Lowry.

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Charles’ First Communion, Maybe?

My parents and I believe this photo was taken the day my grandfather Chuck Lowry celebrated his First Communion. His grandparents George and Mary Bahle Pepperney made the drive up from Leetonia to Youngstown to celebrate. The photo was probably taken in front of 106 Thornton Avenue, where grandpa lived as a kid. 
I believe his First Communion occurred at Saint Columba Church around 1931. Saint Columba would become a cathedral upon the creation of the Diocese of Youngstown in 1943.

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – 1st Sunday at Work?

Was April 1 the first day my great uncle James Pepperney went off to work? Was it the first Sunday he worked? I’m not 100% sure the meaning of the caption, however April 1, 1923 was a Sunday. James was 16 years old, assuming this photo was taken on that date. I’m equally not as certain where he would have worked at age 16. If you have any insights, leave a comment!

Source:
James Albert Pepperney Sr. (1906-1999), Photograph, taken in unknown location, probably on 1 Apr 1923; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Man wearing dark pants and vest, lighter colored jacket and cap. Provenance is Charles Lowry family to Mary McCaffrey.

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – 1950 Lowry Family Photo

On the back of this photograph it reads, “May 1950 Jean, Chas III, Chas. Jr.” The Lowry family of three would end up being a family of eleven. If only they had been able to predict the future, the changes they would see!

Source:
Jean Groucutt Lowry (1924-1987), Charles James Lowry (1924-2007) and Charles James Lowry, Jr. [year of birth withheld], Photograph, taken in unknown location, in May 1950; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Family of three standing together in front of car with brick structure in the background. Provenance is Charles Lowry family to Mary McCaffrey.

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Fussy Guy

Boy, can I relate to this photo! My son Brendan recently had his very first teeth pop; his two lower incisors both made an appearance last week and he hasn’t really been enjoying the experience. He’s been fussy, crying, and wants to be held more than usual. I doubt this photo of my dad taken around 1953 involves crying over new teeth but his sentiment is the same as Brendan’s – “I’m not a happy camper.” I saw my dad this weekend and he appears to have made a recovery from whatever bothered him while this photo was being taken.

Source:
Patrick Lowry [year of birth withheld], Photograph, taken in unknown location, in about 1953; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Child crying in a crib. Provenance is Charles Lowry family to Mary McCaffrey.

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – The Three Musketeers

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The three musketeers are my great grandfather Charles Lowry (center) and two others whose relation I’m not sure. Perhaps they are friends or coworkers. Based on captions in photos taken at the same time, the person on the left is named Bill and the person on the right Campbell. This photo was taken in 1929, which leads me to think it was probably taken at Republic Steel, where Charles was working at the time.

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Junior’s First Photo

Sometime in late 1924 or early 1925, my grandfather Chas. Lowry was photographed for the first time. He’s outside, probably in Leetonia, Ohio, being held by his proud father Charles. I remember the joy and excitement I felt when the first photo was taken of me holding my son and I can only imagine that 90 years prior, the exact same emotions were being felt.
As evident in the caption, my grandfather was called Junior as a youngster, even though the nickname is slightly misapplied. His middle name was James while his father’s middle name was Edward. I’m going to assume this photo was taken outdoors because indoor photography in the 1920s was clearly not something that would produce usable photos without large flashes not commonly used on personal cameras.