The Easter parade

17 Apr

Judging by the size of us I’ll take a stab and peg this snap at 1959, or maybe it was ’60. Location: Almost assuredly Liberty Avenue, somewhere between Shepherd and Essex, in the East New York section of Brooklyn.

Judging by the threads that our mothers have put us into it could be only one specific day, that being Easter Sunday of course, a sunny and beautiful one it appears, though that is the only kind of Easter Sunday that I can recall there ever being. No other day could we have been dressed in this way.

This group represents fewer than half of those of us in this partcular generation of our family. The rest are somewhere close by, I assure you, as all of us lived together on the same street and in the same buildings.

Underneath the Easter bonnets are the two Ursulas, each carrying the name of our grandmother, though with the added “Big” and “Little” designations tacked on so as to not be mistaken for one another. In the interest of not embarassing one boy in particular, I’ll leave the rest of our pack unidentified (though I must admit to feeling envious of Cousin Bobo’s spiffy porkpie and pocket square).

This photo came to me by utter coincidence (I swear) only moments ago. It being Easter Sunday I’ve decided to post it here, despite having insufficient time to discuss it with you all further.

Apologies for that.

And Happy Easter everybody.

5 Responses to “The Easter parade”

  1. Cliff Niersbach April 17, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

    And Happy Easter to you and yours as well.

    I have similar photos of my five siblings (the six of us born between 1950 and 1959 with me being the oldest). Dresses, purses, sportcoats, and ties included. On Easter, of course.

    Each of the girls had their own first name so we didn’t need “Big” and “Little” appellations, though they each have “Marie” as their middle names.

    Resurrexit sicut dixit.


  2. Geri April 18, 2022 at 7:01 pm #

    Oh, I love this, and I sure can identify. I have dated many undated photos over the years as simply “Easter”. My great grandmother was Lavinia, so in our families there are a multitudes of Lavinia’s known as ‘Lovey’, ‘Vena’ ‘Ellie’ and ‘Vinny’.
    For many years from the mid 40’s until the late 60″s, I had an Uncle who constantly took 16 millimeter movies of the family. Several years ago, I offered to convert them to DVD for all my cousins. Some of the elders were still alive and it was a treat to watch them watching it, and for us “kids”, lots of time to reminisce. Of course, my Irish husband watched patiently, or impatiently, and his comments were “didn’t we know anyone except family” and “how come all we did was eat”.
    Thanks for taking me back to the wonder years.

  3. Matthew Fanning July 29, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

    Hey pal. Long time fan here. I reached out via email a few time with no response so I’m trying this way.
    I’m looking for a recipe for NY style hotdog cart onions. Do you have one?
    Thanks Matt

    • mistermeatball July 29, 2022 at 3:56 pm #

      Matt, I’ve emailed and also responded in comments, so not sure what the problem is. As for onions, I’ve been doing same simple way for decades: Slowly saute onions in olive oil w/ some hot pepper, then add one of those small cans of tomato sauce like Hunt’s or whatever from supermarket, salt and pepper, and simmer for maybe fifteen minutes. Not much of a recipe but it always works for me.

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