Young Jerry

I am running low on readers’ wildlife and so am conserving pictures. PLEASE send in your good wildlife photos—pronto. If you’ve sent some already, never fear, as I think I have them all. It’s simply that the tank is running low, and I don’t want to run out of pictures.

Today, then, I’ll feature pictures of yours truly as a child, probably four to six years old. These were taken in the early to mid 1950s—before most of you were born. I don’t have many of these, but yesterday got a surprise email from a playmate I had when I was living in Indianapolis at that age. He’s in his 70s now, and I haven’t heard from him in over six decades. He also sent some photographs that he found in a box stashed a closet at his parents’ old house. Some of them included me, my sister, and my mom, and I’ll put them up them here in lieu of wildlife. The quality is low as they’re scans of old photos, but the rarity of images of Professor Ceiling Cat in statu nascendi makes up for it:

My sister Susan and I. She is 2.5 years younger, and we weren’t usually this friendly!:


My mother and I.  I was a dapper young fellow, and Mom was wearing clothes fashionable about 60 years ago:

Mom, Susan, and I. As I recall, this is the passport photo that we had when we moved to Greece in 1955 or so:

A birthday party with my friends. I have suspenders and a bow tie, two items I’d never wear now:

Beefcake photo with my friends; I’m at left. That’s our neighborhood: 1950s ranch houses. There were no photos of my Dad, but he was an army officer working for the Finance Corps (what do you expect? He was Jewish) at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Love that 50’s style/flavor/oeuvre (?.. what a photo looks like?)

    TIL “in statu”

    I guess now PCC(E) is domesticated

    • Posted January 14, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      ambience, perhaps?

      Thanks for sharing your family with us, Dr. C. The photos are adorable!

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Lovely snaps. Your young mother was a good looking woman, you must take after your father.

    • Posted January 14, 2018 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      So funny I forgot to laugh.

      • Frank Bath
        Posted January 14, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

        My apologies.

        • Robert
          Posted January 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

          “So funny I forgot to laugh.”

          No need to be sorry. I think he is joking. It is what kids said in the day (I am 70)

          If you called him a name, he would say “I know you are but what am I?”

  3. Posted January 14, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Jerry, thanks for these photos of you and your family. It’s nice to see them and you!!

  4. Andy Lowry
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    These photos remind me of all the fashion changes since my youth (born in ’56). I remember women wearing gloves as part of their everyday outdoor attire. I have no idea what that was about, or what the rules were for when one should or shouldn’t.

    Suspenders and a bowtie is still a good look, though. I do that occasionally.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted January 14, 2018 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      I agree! If I were allowed to wear a bow tie on formal occasions, I would.

  5. Blue
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    When of his Kiddo Self’s age, very many of us
    then — and now — adore this game. Likely
    appropriate would be Second – Base Young
    Jerry within thus then: the Best Double Play

    Carry on through to its end. As in:
    Never.Give.Up. ! GO A g g i e s !
    For certain: Mama’s watching !


  6. GBJames
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I swear I have the exact same photos from my childhood. Except the people are different.

    • W.Benson
      Posted January 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Agreed! Spooky.

  7. Posted January 14, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I like you mom’s outfit. I think that the skirt-jacket look is the real deal.

  8. Posted January 14, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Your Mom has beautiful eyes.

    • Liz
      Posted January 17, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      +1 You and your sister are so cute. So cute.

  9. Claudia Baker
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    What a nice surprise for you to get these pictures from when you were a child. The last one is especially adorable. You and the neighbourhood kids posing for the camera in all your childhood, 50’s era innocence.
    What a little cutie you were. Love it.

  10. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Ah, this is a period movie. I like the way you have the appropriate cars in the picture.
    That kid you are standing next to in the last shot looks like a future juvenile deliquent.

  11. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    So cute!

  12. bethanyk
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    How do i send them? Can you take them directly from my blog? I have so my there

  13. rickflick
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Great shots. I love old pictures. They really take you back. I feel fortunate that I have pictures dating back to around 1900 and an heirloom clock that connects me to my roots.

  14. Mark R.
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    My dad and mom were born in ’46, ’47 respectively and these remind me immensely of their childhood photos.

    In the first photo it looks like you’re scratching your sisters head. 🙂

  15. nicky
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    What a cute little fellow you were!

  16. Posted January 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I love this post. We are, or nearly are, the same age. Your family is lovely. You look so much like your little self.

  17. Posted January 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, Jerry! I love looking at photos from the 1950’s (who’d have thought, LOL) I love the curtains in your living room and your Mom’s outfit and hair. Still fashionable as far as I’m concerned. 😀

  18. EliHershkovitz
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    A most enjoyable post (with nary a smartphone in sight). Looking forward to more snapshots from the past.

  19. Heather Hastie
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    What lovely pics Jerry, and how nice to get them after all this time! What a sweet wee fellow you were.

  20. Dick Beery
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Would love to send you some nature photos. Where do I send them?

    • Posted January 14, 2018 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      If the photos are good ones (i.e., comparable in quality to what is usually posted), click on “research interests” at upper right, which takes you to my university website and email. Use that one.

  21. Posted January 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Wild? Yes. Life? Also yes.

  22. Cate Plys
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous Indiana ranch wildlife!

  23. Posted January 16, 2018 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    I love seeing photos from when people were sproglets! How nice that you were able to reconnect with a childhood friend and rediscover these great images. 🙂


    P.S. I have just sent you an email with some wildlife images. Hopefully they’ll help re-fill your tank!

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