There are several notable December dates in my family, including birthdays, an engagement, and deaths. Time permitting, I’ll try to get all of them posted this month. This December 17, my dad, Kenneth Bly, would have been 90 years old. Dad was a Missouri native, born in Kansas City and a graduate of the Missouri […]
Benjamin Bly was my paternal grandfather, who was born in Moberly, Missouri and died in Kansas City, Missouri. He came from the farm in Moberly to the hustle and bustle of Kansas City when he was about 18 years old. He and his brother, Adolph, found work at the streetcar company; later, he apprenticed as […]
My grandfather, Benjamin Bly (1890-1984), was a master tinkerer. He was always fixing and innovating in the little workshop in his basement. No shower in his 1915 Kansas City hour? No problem! A coffee can punched with holes and a hose section attached to the basement plumbing made the house into a 1-1/2 bath residence. […]
Mabel Vogan Bly, 1891-1926 Today would be my grandmother’s birthday. She was born 18 November 1891 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Louisa Stein Vogan. She is about 16 years old in this picture, and I love her sense of style and what seems to be a sense of playfulness behind that smile.
This was one of my dad’s first cameras–it’s a Brownie Junior Six-16, manufactured between 1934 and 1942. Selling price: $2.75. Its film size was 616 and the picture size 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. My dad was an amateur photographer who took many black and white images while he was in college in the late […]
My grandmother and a friend dressed for the season.
This is the tombstone of my paternal grandmother, Mabel Vogan Bly. The symbol on her stone is the Motto of the Order of the Eastern Star–F.A.T.A.L. (with five-pointed star)— which stands for “Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely.” Mabel was not quite 35 years old when she died suddenly of pneumonia, leaving her husband and two […]
Louisa Wilhilmena Stein Vogan 1856-1937 My great-grandmother, Louisa Wilhimena Stein Vogan, was born 9 Oct 1856 in West Sunbury, Butler County, Pennsylvania to Lucinda Mann Lawrence and Dr. Charles Frederick Stein. She married Julius Harlan Vogan of Harlansburg, Pennsylvania on 9 Aug 1875. Together, they had six children–two born in Pennsylvania, and four born in […]
I’ve always loved the detail of the dress and the elaborate jewelry in the “Lace Girl” photo, and I wish I knew more about her. This image was in a collection from Kansas City, Missouri, so she may have been a girlfriend of my grandmother, Mabel Vogan Bly.