Hi, Mom! – a small tribute to my mom, Mary

My mom’s Kodak from 1938.

In celebration of my mom, Mary on this Mother’s Day 2022. She was born on September 10, 1916, at home on East 74th Street in Manhattan (just down the street from Central Park).
She told me that the rooftops and streets of the Upper East Side were her playgrounds and the East River (yes, THAT river!) was where she splashed in the heat of summer.
She would go on to become a secretary for some of the biggest corporations in America which were headquartered in New York.
She would meet my dad (Paul) at the wedding of her best friend and fall in love with him at first sight. She married my dad on November 3, 1943, just a few blocks from where she grew up.
During the war, she worked at Columbia University and would go on to receive recognition for her work on the Manhattan Project receiving a Silver ‘A’ Pin for her contributions.
By the middle 1950’s she was a suburban housewife (not a bad thing to say then but if you said it today you’d catch heck) and be the best mom in the world to me… she was at every baseball game and at my school functions and she taught me the ropes of New York and life.
My mom was the strongest person I knew… in less than twenty years she would lose the man she loved with all her heart and fight on to see me through those difficult years that came after.
Sadly she left way too soon herself but her love of the City, of life, of adventure, and her courage, are with me today.
My mom’s Kodak from 1938 and a host of images she took with it are special to me… my parent’s love of photography was passed down to me (foto DNA) and that remains an important connection to them.

If you’ve read this through I thank you… it is only a small gesture that I can make in her memory today.

Together at Jensen Beach, Florida (December 1976).

Just before I deployed to Japan for three years.

Las Vegas 1961.

My first camera and my mom is holding a recently taken Polaroid print.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

We’re celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary today – here pictured with my best friend and wife.

At a New York Mets spring training game in Port St. Lucie, Florida (Spring 2015).
Way back in 1973 – no we weren’t stoned.
1980 – We’re just back from my tour of duty in Japan aboard the USS Midway. We lived in Yokohama.
Retired from the US Navy in March 1997.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Sukoshi 2014

Sweet kitty Sukoshi

A “found” image from November 2014. We were lucky to have had her as our kitty from early 2003 to when she passed in late 2017. She was a rescue cat that we adopted from an organization known as Cat’s Angels here on Amelia Island. Both her parents were wild and although we met her as a young kitten she always had a bit of a wild streak in her to the very end which made her unpredictable and super fun. She was as soft as she looks in this “I want you to put down the camera and pet me shot”. We miss her bunches.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe day! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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on this day in 2012

My heart remains forever broken. Please remember the little ones, their teachers and, administrators from that awful day.

They were just babies. I still cry just thinking about how horrible it must have been. The children, the families, and the first responders carry that sorrow forever. If only my country could be brave enough to do something about the proliferation of these types of weapons and to identify those people that need some type of mental health intervention. Never forget.

flickr pix of the day

Known by many names, our beloved kitty Pirate doing one of the many things he enjoyed. Seen here “hanging out” in a cypress tree watching me take pictures. I turned the camera on him for this memorable pic. Sadly Pirate passed away in the Spring of 2018.

I choose this as my flickr pix of the day because someone favored it on my Flickr page and it brought back some sweet memories. Oh, some of his other semi-official names in the neighborhood and in our family… Pi-Pi and Pirate de Cat.

Pirate 2002-2018
One of the sweetest cats ever!

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy SUNday! – Classic Cars

A couple of classic cars taken in June 1958 somewhere in Connecticut (maybe Hartford).

My wife’s Uncle Bill’s car – a Ford? Reader Jim Grey says it’s a Dodge and I agree. Maybe a 1958 Royal Lancer? The paint scheme is pretty gaudy – a “saddle” two-tone, which had the roof and all of the body below the belt-line trim as one color and the body above the belt-line trim as another.
My father-in-law’s Frank’s car – a Chevy Impala.

They built them big and heavy back then and to think they were considered coupes (two doors). Dual antennas too! Have a great day!

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Disney Stuff

From the Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge Resort at Walt Disney World… a menu.

One of our favorite places to eat while staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. The kids (and us) always had a great time while there. Lots of great food and a fun “floor show” put on by the servers and guests.

A little fuzzy.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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German Beer Stein – help!

This beautiful stein has been in my family for well over 70 years – growing up in New York it was just always there in our house and later in my room (I think I kept coins in it for a while). I don’t know the how and why we had it other than my grandmother was of German descent and my mom was Slovakian with her parents born in Austria-Hungry in the late 1800s.

Is it pre-war (doubtful) or post-war (likely)? What I can tell. It appears to have “Germany” in a circle on the bottom along with “1/2 L” and the number “10”. On the side of the stein opposite the inside part of the handle it has “2021” which I’ll assume is the mold or cast number (kind of ironic that it’s the current year too).

“2021” – a mold or cast number?

Any help would be greatly appreciated such as the maker and the region it was made in. – Chris

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