Sepia Sunday: Ronald & His Mother

This Sepia Sunday is a follow-up to my last post, “Military Monday: Honoring Ronald Brown’s WWI Service.” When the Lexington Historical Society contacted me about the exhibit honoring my grandfather, I learned that they had a photograph of him wearing his Army uniform, but they didn’t have this one of him posing in his uniform with his mother, Margaret Robertson Gunn Brown (1871-1924). I sent them a scanned copy, which, I am happy to say, they are adding to their digital collection.

19 thoughts on “Sepia Sunday: Ronald & His Mother

    • Reading everyone’s comments, it occurs to me that photos of mothers with sons in uniform are particularly poignant because of a mother’s conflicting feelings of pride for her child’s service and fear for his safety.

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  1. Wow, what a photo. And how amazing that the historical society has an exhibit on him. That must mean so much to you!

    – Katie Andrews Potter
    Storybook Ancestor #geneabloggerstribe

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  2. This is a beautiful photo! You can see the pride in her as she stands with her son in his uniform. I can totally identify with what you said above, her pride wars with her fear. As a MoM (Marine Corps Mom) I can understand this mother’s feelings too well. Thanks for sharing this poignant photo!

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    • Based on the approximate date penciled on the photo and comparison of Ronald in other photos, I’d guess it was taken after he finished training in Plattsburg. Fortunately, the war ended before he finished his officer’s training at MIT, so he wasn’t sent overseas.

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  3. There are several things I love about this beautiful photo, Liz. The first is the direct eye contact Ronald and his mom are making through the lens of the camera with us. It’s almost like they are looking at us, not at the camera. I love Margaret’s posture (unlike the stooped shoulders we see so often today) and her dress and jacket with its details along the bottom and the row of buttons along the sleeve. Gorgeous! And, of course, that it’s a mother/son photo. I think I can see a hint of concern in Margaret’s eyes.

    How generous of you to make a copy for the historical society and how wonderful of them to have an exhibit with Ronald in it!

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