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時光倒流 Echos of the Past

weather: sunny
outside: 20°C
mood: happy
I was over at my parents' place this weekend and decided that I wanted to scan in some of their old photos to keep.


The middle pic in the top row has always been my favorite. It's what everyone calls "The Movie Star Picture". The studio blew it up and hung it in their shop window. She got pissy at them and they gave her a large wallet size and a smaller thumbnail print free. =)

My Mom made all her own clothes, she rarely bought anything to wear. She had the loveliest long straight hair when she graduated from highschool. Then she got it all cut off. =(


The top right picture had faded to almost an undiscernable grey blob. I'm glad I managed to tweak it in PaintShop Pro so that you can actually see something. =P That's my Dad with his sister, my 姑媽, the day before she got married to my Uncle Liang. She's about 10 years older than my Dad. I hear she used to be a Bitch Queen Supreme, but by the time I met her, time had mellowed her into an easy-going grandmotherly lady. While we were there, her daughter-in-law joked and said things that Dad said she would NEVER have stood for when she was younger.

This is the closest thing to a "wedding picture" that they have. That would have been smack dab in the middle of the Cultural Revolution (New Year's Day 1969). Marriage was just a paper-pushing exercise in a stuffy, smelly office with an asshole clerk who hated his job and made absolute certain that you knew it too. No vows, no family, no special attire of any kind, no flowers, nothing but signing on the solid line at the bottom. Wedding celebrations were a bourgeois habit that good citizens did not engage in.

But there are no regrets either. That was just a part of the times. No one else had the freedom or the means to do wedding banquets either.

On a happier note, here's me being a little Null Pointer. For some weird reason, I loved to point at the camera. There are a bunch of pictures of me from age 2-4 and I'm pointing in almost every one. I think it's because someone pointed at the camera to try to make me look over there and I took that to mean you're supposed to point all the time. =D


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Aug. 9th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
ooh! those are awesome!
Aug. 9th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing.
Aug. 9th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
Ohh your mom is very pretty! I especially like the profile shot of her.

And the picture of you cracks me up : )

*points at you*
Aug. 9th, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. These are great pictures. :)
You were very cute as a kid.
Aug. 9th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
heehee, these are absolutely wonderful pics! thanks for sharing! ^_^
Aug. 9th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I absolutely adore old pictures. I love going through black and white ones. Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 9th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! There's something about aged photographs that are really appealing and to hear the story behind them is wonderful too. :) :) :) THank you!
Aug. 9th, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
You still point at the camera to this day, don't you?

The mom_03 image could be a picture of you from a couple years back. Without the pointing... :)
Aug. 9th, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
So every one of those pictures was a "new pointer" operation? Good thing photo collections don't eliminator unused pointers. =)

What is it with Chinese mothers and chopping off all their straight hair after marriage, and then after children, so many of them perm it into a short curled hairdo...
Aug. 9th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
What is it with Chinese mothers and chopping off all their straight hair after marriage, and then after children, so many of them perm it into a short curled hairdo...

*ICK* My Mom had pics like that too. >KP
Aug. 9th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
oh, beautiful! for some reason, i'm in love with the braids...
Aug. 9th, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
that movie star picture of your mom is very nice!
Aug. 10th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC)
Oh!!! What beautiful pictures! I do like that Movie Star pic.
Aug. 13th, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
Aren't old family photos AWESOME? I'm got similar ones of my mom and dad in their respective countries, and even my granmother and greatgrandmother when they were young. It's just *neat*.
Aug. 17th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
I know! And pictures were so rare back then because the technology wasn't as widespread, so it makes them so special.
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