Who Were They?

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Marvel Family Christmas 1928

A merry Christmas to all! For my Christmas Sepia Saturday submission, I have a family Christmas photograph from December 1928. This is the family of P. Herman Marvel, his wife Mattie, and their seven children. My grandmother was the oldest, Henrietta, sitting to the right front. Just a few short years after this photo was taken, my father was born. He was just 4 years younger than Uncle Joe – the baby in this photo.

The family is identified left to right as follows:

Back row: Peter, Emalie, Hynson

Front row: Mary, P. Herman, Mattie, Joe on lap, Hennie, Robert

Henrietta was born in 1905 and Josiah was born in 1927. I just cannot imagine having children over the span of 22 years, but back in the day, it was done, and done often. (P. Herman’s brothers and sisters were born over 40 years!) Such a large family brought large family gatherings at holidays and lots of great memories for all. I hope that you find yourself in the embrace of family and friends this Christmas!

7 thoughts on “Merry Christmas to All!

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    May you have a “Marvel”ous Christmas!!!

    :) My grandmother looked a lot like Henrietta.


  2. Auntie Kat says:

    Love you!


  3. GrammaA says:

    When I pulled up this sight, I thought, gosh I know all those folks. We just came back from a visit of several of their offspring. Fun time!


  4. Thanks for sharing this lovely old photo! What a family treasure! Merry Christmas! :)


  5. TICKLEBEAR says:

    while the concept of a large family is beyond me, it sounds like fun!!
    season’s greetings!!


  6. Tattered and Lost says:

    If you hadn’t said they were family I’d have thought they were another branch of the Royal Windsors.


  7. What a beautiful, well dressed family.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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