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Last week I posted about family history that can be gleaned from a photograph. We often look at people in a photograph, but miss the small details that tell us something about that person. The details in the photograph in last week’s post revealed that my great grandmother Esther Richardson Talbott was left-handed.
Look closely at the photograph below. What details about Harriett can be learned?
It turns out that Harriet Elliott Richardson (Hattie), mother of Esther Richardson Talbott was left handed, too.
Notice Hattie is holding the bowl of chicken feed in her right hand and feeding the chickens with her left.
Here is another photograph of Harriett.
What do you notice?
Hattie is holding a young child in her right arm and a walking stick in her left hand. Typically women carry a child in their non-dominant arm. This leaves their dominant arm free to perform needed tasks. For example, if you are right handed, you likely carry your child on your left hip supported by your left arm. That leaves your right hand free to answer the phone, prepare the child’s snack, check your e-mail….. Because of this often our non-dominant arm is a little stronger.
In the photo above, Hattie is leaving her left hand free to use the walking stick as she walks across a rocky patch of ground.
Pull your photographs back out. Grab your magnifying glass (like this one!). Look closely. What new family history details do you learn about your ancestors?