This group photo has no date, location, or names of the people. It was most likely taken in the 1950s. Being a child of the late 1950s it’s difficult for me to guess if this is early, mid, or even late fifties fashion.
Joe Rooney, who labelled all the digital copies of the photographs, recognized his aunt Ruth Joanna LILLIE in the far back, in the middle of the doorway. Her hair is much lighter than in the 1950 photo we’ve seen of her with her brother Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE. Joe shared a photo with me of Ruth, her sister Ruby, and brothers Raymond and Reese from October 1960. Ruth’s hair in the photo is lighter colored and she is holding her head the same as in this closeup of the group photo.
I asked Joe where the building may be and which religion Ruth was associated with. He wrote, “ I don’t recognize the building, but it was my guess* and could be wrong. She participated in the Eastern Star as did Sandra Lillie. But their “reunions” often took place elsewheres, even in Michigan. I don’t know much about the organization.” *Joe is referring to his identifying the photo as “LillieRuthJChurchWorkAssy.”
The photo from October 1960 will be included in a future post along with a series of pictures Joe shared with me of his mother Ruby with her sister Ruth. The series are from Joe’s family album and were not part of this collection of photographs rescued from ending up in a landfill.
More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.
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