In addition to my love of old photographs of people, I have found I really like photos that show some social history. This was in my great-grandmother’s possession, and she had an aunt who married a Sol Bradley. So, I am not sure, but perhaps she is the “Mrs. S.B. Bradley” who owned the store shown in this postcard also? She traveled away from Tennessee a lot and I was amazed to find that Red Bird was one of those all-black towns in Oklahoma. I love this photo…this is probably what an early 20th century, black-owned country store looked like. Pretty neat, huh?
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Locations and SurnamesHardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner
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Favorite Family History Quotes"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard
"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."
"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"
"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
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