Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sepia Saturday: Russian Style



We have been reminiscing about my father-in-law who passed away a few weeks ago, on December 31st.  This is his family, in Russia somewhere in the late 1800s.  The original of this photo hangs in my father-in-law's house in Texas.  We have a copy framed and hanging in our foyer.

In the top row, third in from the right is my husband's great-grandfather, and in front of him with the fantastic grey beard is his father (my husband's great-great grandfather).  The surname was originally Litwak, and changed to Lane sometime after he came to the United States in 1910.

I am sharing this family photo as part of Sepia Saturday.

19 comments:

Jen said...

wow, that is so awesome. wish I could see some of my family pictures from this time.

Karen S. said...

What a beautiful group picture! A true treasure! I also like the dog on your header...what a cutie!

Anika said...

Wow! What a treasure to have. This is fabulous.

Kristin said...

Each face so interesting. What a great group photo to have of family!

Cad said...

Fascinating photo! Thank you.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

This is a perfect SS photo. I love the grouping and the fact that you know who the folks are. I am old as dirt and the last one left. No one to ask about old photos that are not labeled.
QMM

Nana Jo said...

This photograph is such a treasure. To know that you contain a part of the stories of all those interesting faces. The gentleman in the back row with the mustache is rather handsome and dashing!

Melissa, Unboxer of Photos said...

What a great photo. Every face seems to tell its own story. I particularly like the spunky little girl, third from the right in the front row. She looks like she is enjoying the whole photo experience but is just about done with it and ready to bolt.

Thanks for sharing!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

What a wonderful photo. The mustaches crack me up. love love.

Melissa, Unboxer of Photos said...

Oops - I meant the little girl third from the LEFT.

Cathy said...

Great photo - what a treasure.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Oh what a wonderful generational photo and taken in the "old country" makes it more special. I wonder who the little girl in the front hands on hips is! This is a treasure to have framed and displayed!

lisa said...

This is a wonderful photograph, and you are so lucky to have it!

Christine H. said...

What an absolutely magical photo! I'm trying to imagine the colors of the clothing they were wearing. Do you have any more photos from your husband's family when they were still in Russia? If so, I'd sure love to see them.

Alan Burnett said...

Another of those wonderful photographs that somehow seem to illustrate the transition from an old world to a new world : historically just as much as geographically.

TICKLEBEAR said...

wow!!
what a great picture!!
and a large family...
from an only child,
this looks amazing!!
:)~
HUGZ

Oliag said...

How absolutely wonderful to have a family portrait like this! The stories those faces evoke! My husband's mother's family arrived from Russia too...unfortunately there are no photos at all...a few great recipies tho!

Tracey said...

What an incredible photo to have ... family portraits like this are so precious and so very fascinating.

Nancy said...

Oh my gosh, what a fabulous photo! I love the clothes - a mix of older traditional and more modern (for that time, anyway). Every single person has such a beautiful face! I think your husband's great-grandfather looks like his name should be Theodore. Was his name Theodore? Do you know who the rest of the people are? I think there are some brothers and sisters and some spouses and grandchildren of the oldest couple. Photos like these are such fun to figure out (guess, sometimes!) who everyone is. Thanks for sharing! I love it!