Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Daddy's Hands ...

John Holly Williams Collection, LLF Library
"Unidentified Family of Seven -- This family group has mother, father, two daughters and three sons. Name is unreadable, but may be Hosea F. Carmeil or Arnold. No date is noted." -- Library caption.
While this family's facial expressions are immensely charming, it is the father's hands that are most telling.  They brought to mind the lyrics of the Holly Dunn Country song, Daddy's Hands... "You could read quite a story in the callous and lines; Years of work and worry had left their mark behind." 

Depending on one's lot in life, in certain parts, time could stand still when it came to fashion and hair styles, thereby making a date harder to figure. We can pretty much deduce the photograph was taken during the summertime, given the father's tan hands and the two youngest's bare feet, the kids' light clothing, and the mother's flowery, short-sleeved dress.  

Given that this is a John Holly Williams' photograph and he was most prolific post-World War II, my best guess is that this perhaps from the late 40s, early 1950s. 

As always, if anyone recognizes these folks (note the clue to their possible name in the library caption above) and know from whence they came, please leave a comment here or on my Facebook page.
UPDATE: This is the Hosea (Hosie) Farmer family.  I am told this photo recently ran in the Daily Leader and that son J.C. identified the picture.  Mrs. Farmer was actually expecting J.C., their sixth child, at the time this photo was taken.  Therefore, according to those who know J.C., this photograph was taken in the late 1940s, possibly 1947.  Also, if the sons in the back look like twins to you, you'd be correct!  I am also told that the little tow-headed boy in the father's lap died tragically in a farming accident at a tender age. 


  1. This is a beautiful family. The twins and their sister look as though they are a year or less in age. I like the father's smile.

  2. Hi, Linda, I replied earlier, but it looks like it didn't post. I saw your blog report on Hallie Buie and her work as a Methodist missionary and head of a school in Korea. Excellent job! I would be curious to learn more and to see a photograph of her.