Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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.

Source:
Charles Lowry (date of birth withheld), Patrick Lowry (date of birth withheld), Mary Lowry McCaffrey (date of birth withheld), Jean Groucutt Lowry (1924-1986), 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.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Photo of the Day - January 26, 2015


My grandparents Chuck and Jean Lowry loved to go to on vacation, and often travelled with their friends Bob and Marion McDermott. This particular vacation to sunny Miami looks just splendid, with gram in her shades drinking a beer and the McDermotts enjoying a refreshing Scotch and soda. My grandfather is the man behind the camera, blowing through 35mm film like a leaf in the wind. Gram looks up, wondering where he is going as he gets up from his chair. Bob is having a serious moment, still complaining about the waiter at dinner last night who didn't bring the meals on time. Marion is sharing a laugh with my gram, maybe about the waiter or maybe about Bob still being frustrated with the waiter. *Click.* Photo taken.

Or at least that's how I imagine this scene occured. I know these four had a great time whereever they went, so I have no problem inventing fun for them. They would have done it anyway.

Source:
Jean Groucutt Lowry (1924-1986), Robert McDermott, Marion McDermott, photograph, taken in Miami, Florida around 1966; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Three individuals sitting on lounge chairs presumably near a pool. Provenance is Charles Lowry to Mary McCaffrey.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Photo of the Day - January 25, 2015


If I had to guess, I would place this photo in the summer of 1991. In the photo are grandmother Barb Viti and five of her grandchildren, (l to r) Mark Witt in her arms (I presume based on the age and others in the photo), Christian Witt, Melanie Witt, Michelle Dockry and Danny Witt. This may have been taken at the home of my uncle Charlie Witt near Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. Can someone confirm that for me?

Source:
Barbara Wolford Witt Viti, Mark Witt, Christian Witt, Melanie Witt, Michelle Dockry and Daniel Witt., photograph, taken at unknown location, in about 1991; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Marie Dockry, [address for private use], Austintown, Ohio. Grandmother holding one grandchild and surrounded by four more. Provenance is Marie Dockry to Joseph Lowry.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Photo of the Day - January 24, 2015


This is a fun photo of my grandfather as an infant sitting on a blanket looking curiously at the kitten next to him. As he was born in November 1924, I believe this photo was taken in late winter/early spring 1925 based on the snowsuit-like outfit he's wearing. If he was any older, he could double as Ralphie's brother in 'A Christmas Story.'

Source:
Charles James Lowry (1924-2007), photograph, taken at unknown location in 1925; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Infant sitting on blanket with dark colored cat. Provenance is Mary Pepperney Lowry to Charles Lowry to Mary McCaffrey.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Photo of the Day - January 23, 2015


Helen Lowry was my great grand aunt, the youngest sibling of my great grandfather Charles E. Lowry. She was born in Salem, Ohio in 1906 and in 1929 married Lawrence Murphy. She lived most, if not all of her life in the Salem area and died in 1991. This photo probably dates to the early 1920s. Helen would have been in her mid to late teens.

Source:
Helen Lowry Murphy (1906-1991), photograph, taken at unknown location in early 1920s; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Posed portrait of a young woman in a dark top and short hair. Provenance is Mary Pepperney Lowry to Charles Lowry to Mary McCaffrey.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Photo of the Day - January 22, 2015


My grandfather Chuck Lowry was home on leave from the Army in mid-June 1944. After being drafted, he completed basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida and was given approximately two weeks off before he was to report to Fort Meade, Maryland. While on leave, I believe he traveled from Youngstown to Leetonia, Ohio to visit with his grandfather and aunts Eleanor and Katherine Pepperney. I believe this photo was taken in their backyard. He reported to Fort Meade on June 30, 1944.

Source:
Eleanor Pepperney (1912-1951), Charles Lowry (1924-2007), and Katherine Pepperney (1910-1978), photograph, taken at unknown location, possibly Leetonia, Ohio, in 1944; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. One man in service uniform and two woman standing in backyard. Provenance is Mary Pepperney Lowry to Charles Lowry to Mary McCaffrey.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Photo of the Day - January 21, 2015


This is all of my first cousins except two, who were not yet born when this photo was taken. In the back are Kelly and JP Heydle, Laura Lowry, me, my sister Caroline, Michael Lowry, and Katie Lowry. On the slide are James Lowry, Sara Lowry, Jeannie and Jen Kroynovich, my sister Colleen and Kaitlyn Lowry. It took me typing this caption to realize that we are all arranged in order of age. The youngest person in this picture, Kaitlyn, is 23 years old, making this photo about 20 years old.

Source:
The Lowry cousins, photograph, taken at unknown location around 1994; digital image, photocopy of original, scanned in 2013 by Joseph Lowry; privately held by Mary McCaffrey, [address for private use], Canton, Ohio. Thirteen children standing on and around a slide. Provenance is Mary McCaffrey to Joe Lowry.


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