(Not So) Wordless Wednesday


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.

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.

Photo of the Day – January 27, 2015

The room was just a bit dark for this photo to properly expose, but it’s a great candid, probably taken a few seconds prior to a serious attempt at a family photo. I look at this image and think, “This was when the Lowry family was still so small!” But then I realize there are six people in this photo and that’s really a large family by today’s standards. In this image are my grandparents Jean and Chuck Lowry, and their oldest four children, my godfather Chuck Lowry, my dad Pat Lowry, my aunt Mary McCaffrey and my aunt Chris Vath. My aunt Mary is the peanut in this photo and she was born in January 1955, so I place this photo sometime that summer.

Charles Lowry (date of birth withheld), Patrick Lowry (date of birth withheld), Mary Lowry McCaffrey (date of birth withheld), Jean Groucutt Lowry (1924-1987), Charles James Lowry (1924-2007), Christine Lowry Vath (date of birth withheld), photograph, taken in Youngstown, Ohio in 1955; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Family of six, including parents, two boys and two girls sitting on couch. Provenance is Charles Lowry to Mary McCaffrey.