Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

March 1, 2013

Flashback Friday

My maternal grandfather, Anthony Marsh.  I'm guessing this is from about 1915 or so...he would have been about 17 in this picture, and it was taken prior to his service in World War 1.  "Marsh" was Americanized from 'Masciarelli' (I think that's how it's spelled).  He was born in America in 1898, but his parents were from Italy.  He died right before my 4th birthday in 1968, of lung cancer.  I didn't really know him at all and only have vague, fragmented memories of him.


17 comments:

  1. Its great to have such a pic and is taken care :)

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  2. What a great photo. He looks like such an interesting person.

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  3. He looks so Italian!! Great photo!

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  4. Wouldn't it have been interesting to have been able to chat with him?

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  5. Great photo JoJo. So sad that he passed away before you were able to get to know him.

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  6. What an awesome photo. I know you're glad you have it! I love that old motorcycle, too!

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  7. Such a sweet story, isnt it great to have old pictures of family? Heartwarming! :)

    Hugs,

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  8. thanks everyone! I think I was a teenager when it occurred to me that my grandparents were separated at the time he passed away. That's also sad to me b/c my grandmother never talked about him. When I inquired, my mom confessed that they'd separated in the 1950s. :(

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  9. Wow, that's a lovely picture to have! Both my grandfathers fought in WWI, old before their time, both were dead before I was born....

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  10. I love old photos like that. Also, I'm wondering if that is a fan, a light or a small dartboard on his handlebars..? Probably none of the above!

    Hope you guys are having a warm or at least fun weekend.
    xo

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  11. I think that was the headlight!

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  12. I keep seeing you on all of my favorite blogs so I had to come visit! :) I love this pic. My family is Italian too and I think Italian men are so handsome! I look forward to reading more of your posts. - I'm "stalking" you now. :)

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  13. Awesome photo - lookit that bike! Too cool.

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  14. Say, he was really handsome! That bike looks like it would be such fun, doesn't it?!

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  15. Too cool! Love the bike.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  16. Fabulous photo! That bike would be worth a lot of money were it still around today. So sorry you lost him before you really got to know him. My husband's father passed away the year before our daughter was born. He was only 59 and we still wish he could have met his granddaughter. They would have loved each other.

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