Many of us have family photos that include long-forgotten family or friends. A few years ago, I was given the following photo by a half-step-cousin on my father’s side of the family. I won’t try to explain the half-step family relationship; it’s too complicated for anyone not familiar with my family. My half-step-cousin asked me if I could identify the two women in the photo since no one in her family recognized them. I don’t recognize the women but hope some day I’ll collect more images of them so that I can identify them.
I was reminded of this photo some time later when my mother’s stepmother told me stories about growing up in the days before television. Grandma was born in a small midwestern town in 1911. She told me that she and her siblings played dress-up on Sunday afternoons. Grandma and her sisters dressed up in their brothers clothing and their brothers dressed up in their sisters clothing. I never would have thought of cross-dressing as a normal Sunday afternoon activity for children in the 1920s. I still get a chuckle when I think about it.