Today marks the 100th Sepia Saturday post! Well, not counting a few thousand individual posts which have used that mighty meme as a prompt, of course.
To commemorate this occasion, as well as yesterday's Veteran's Day, I'm going to showcase two individuals. And as a special treat to you, dear readers, I'll keep my usual blitherings to a minimum.
1. The first is the one veteran in my immediate family: My dad, Edwin L. Lynch (1916-1968). I have several photos of him in his army uniforms, but scanner problems prevented me from using any of them. (The above shot came from a newspaper article on the September 28th, 1940 day when he married my mother.)
It's actually almost fitting that this post has no shots of him in uniform. Drafted only months after the death of a daughter who had only survived a couple of days, my father served in the Army from 1943 to 1945 under General Mark Clark in Italy (mostly). He had more than his share of negative memories of his time in the service, but he was hardly alone in that respect, of course.
He never discussed his war experiences with me.
On one occasion, according to my Uncle Bob, my father literally buried his war medals -- Bronze Star, Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, and lesser awards -- in the backyard. He later relented, evidently; I now own them.
He also became extremely angry when my cousin Joe -- almost a younger brother to my mom than a "real" nephew -- expressed an interest in joining the service.
Someday, I'll show a few photos of my dad in his army duds... but not today.
2. Thanks once again to scanner issues, the above photo of opera singer Polyna Stoska is not from my own collection of photos, nor are any of the others of Ms. Stoska that accompany this post. Even if my scanner had been working, all I have here at home are a couple of newspaper articles.
If 1930s-1950s opera star Polyna Stoska -- and I promise to do a "real" article on the woman in the near future -- is still alive, she would have turned 100 years old in July of this year! At this date, I have no way of knowing whether she is alive or not... but that doesn't mean I'm not still checking.
And why, you may wonder, is Polyna Stoska (née Stoskus) featured here at all, other than the fact that she would be 100 years old today dovetails so nicely with today's Sepia Saturday theme?
Well... my very own mom knew Ms. Stoska under a third name: "Cousin Polly!" (Yep, her real cousin!)
More to come? You bet!
Thanks for your time.