My Favorite Photograph

This was supposed to have been a post for the 4th Edition of Smile for the Camera at Shades of the Departed, but I missed the deadline. (Somewhere along the line, about three weeks ago, perhaps, I slid behind schedule and have been running to catch up! We’ll see what that means for the Games!). In any event, I decided to go ahead with this post.

My favorite photograph? I don’t know. Certainly this is my most precious photograph. It is the only known surviving photograph of my grandfather, William Edward Gines (1898-1956). He appears to be about in his twenties, which would mean it was taken soon after he migrated to Kansas City, Missouri, from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was born.

A happy, easy-going man, he worked as a porter at a fancy Kansas City hotel most of his life; the exception being the war years when he worked in a factory. He raised seven children through Depression and war; all but one of them went to college.

It is odd that there should be only one surviving photograph of a twentieth century urban dweller; but so it is, unless somebody I don’t know of has another photo of “Easy Eddie” Gines.


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3 Responses to “My Favorite Photograph”

  • Ciera says:

    Hello my name is Ciera Donald my grandmother is Sylvia Gines now Jones she is the daughter of Henry Gines and Ora Mae Wilkerson. Please contact me at me email address she has a lot of old pic and is the only sibling left of her two brothers the twins uncle Frank and and uncle henry. I got so excited when I found the other article about Kansas city and explaining where my great grandpa came from please contact if u read this

  • Lisa says:

    Here’s hoping that someone else out there has one hiding in a shoebox and will read this post and send it to you.

    I can see why this photo is so precious to you.

    Ever tried searching for images of the hotel where he worked?

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  • A. Spence says:

    What a handsome man.

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