Friday, November 2, 2012

Grace Shapley in Upstate New York

These are all scanned from the collection of Grace Shaply of Binghamton, New York. You may recall the previous two posts that showed some of Grace's other photos of cars and airplanes, and Oquaga lake.

Grace was born to Sara Mary (Thorne) Shapley and William S. Shapley in 1902. She seems to have graduated from Binghamton High School in 1923, which would have made her a little older than her classmates. I am guessing that her mother's death in 1919 had something to do with the delay in her schooling. And it appears that her father died the very year of her high school graduation, leaving Grace, who was an only child, very much on her own.
Here's Grace changing a tire.


I think this is Grace posing with her father.


In the next photo, it looks as if young Grace is wearing the big hat and her father is standing to the right. Is that her mother standing next to her?


And here's a male cheerleader at a Binghamton High School football game.


After Binghamton High School, Grace enrolled in Russel Sage College, a women's school, in Troy, New York. I think this picture shows some of her college pals.




Grace with unknown child.

Here are some additional pictures from her folder of negatives and photos.




Grace never married or had children. She is buried with her parents in Spring Forest Cemetery in Binghamton, New York.

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11 comments:

  1. Although most of these images appear to have been taken in the upstate NY region where Grace was born and died, the first shot suggests she got a big trip in there at some point, since that landscape looks much more like the western states.

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    1. It does look like a more western landscape, but not sure where.

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    2. You know, you could have saved yourself some typing and just turned your chair around to tell me that....

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  2. Apparently Grace liked automobiles, I wonder if she changed the tire herself. The last bit of intel is a bit of a downer; she has died (I should have seen that coming) and she was never married, so what happend to her male road trip companion (as seen in the first post)?

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    1. Oh, but Rob, it's not a downer; she lived to be 87. She looks as if she was fun loving and had lots of friends. I don't know why she never married, but I'm guessing it didn't stop her from having fun.

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  3. These are wonderful! I especially like the one of them on the porch, framed by the structure.

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  4. Lovely photos, a lot of photos do end up 'orphaned' with no future family to carry them on. I'm sorry to read your special notice, I will miss visiting your collection via the Daily Postcard, but totally understand that the time and commitment which has gone into creating your wonderful blog may not leave much time for anything else. Good luck with your new ventures and thanks for showing your collection.

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  5. There's something wonderful about multi-generational family shots, especially when everybody is dressed up and gathered on the porch!

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  6. Great photographs of Grace here and thanks for a blog that had everything = entertainment, information and wonderful images.

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  7. What an amazing biography of Grace!

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