Speechless Sunday: Happy Father's Day Dad

Real Estate Agent with Compass

My father is 86 years old. When he was younger he was an award winning news photographer. He covered Presidents and the news of the day. Many of my childhood memories are captured in great photos by my Dad. I didn't always like posing until he got the perfect shot but in the long run it was worth it.

He gave me my first Brownie camera and then a Nikon. I never really liked the technical aspect of photography learning the F-stops and lighting and waiting for the film to be developed. Our garage was filled with dark room photo equipment. He always told me I had "a good eye" so fortunately today in the digital age of iPhone cameras I just frame the shot and click.

My Birthday Party

Here was one of my birthday parties. In the photo is my mother and my father's mother my Grandma (May they rest in peace). Although cut off above my mother's head are some of my father's famous photos. I think the legs sitting on the bench is President Truman. There is another one of a Bowery Bum enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner.

Skiing in my backyard

Me skiing in our backyard. We had a hill, but quite frankly I don't really remember skiing in our backyard but i have a photo.

Freedom Land in The Bronx

Here I am at Freedom Land a theme park in The Bronx that was torn down to build Coop City.

Me and my dad

Me and my Dad, the one picture my mother ever took, while my father gave her instructions.

(I know I have big ears lol)


Happy Fathers Day

thanks for capturing the memories


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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a great tribute to your Dad. And that photo of the two of you must be one of your prized possessions.

Jun 19, 2011 04:50 AM #1
GinaMarie Latham-Howard
Carrington Real Estate - Corona, CA
Your IE Specialist

Awesome photos and what a blessing for him to still be here with you!

Jun 19, 2011 04:58 AM #2
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Mitchell... those are great photos!  And, the one with you and your Dad.... precious.

Jun 19, 2011 05:08 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Lovely retrospective, great pictures.  Thanks for sharing it with us.  All the very best, A

Jun 19, 2011 05:13 AM #4
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Mitchell, great photos and memorable events....always treasure them!

Jun 19, 2011 08:42 AM #5
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Mitchell ...What fond memories of days gone by..seems like yesterday but a hundred years ago..You are very fortunate to still have your Dad with you..Wish him a Happy Fathers Day for me!Add a little kiss on the keppie too!


Jun 19, 2011 10:34 AM #6
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate them very much. I have great memories. Unfortunately he seems to be slipping away. Today he looked so frail and in a wheel chair. He fell asleep while I was showing him the blog on my iPhone.

Jun 19, 2011 11:23 AM #7
Adina Greenberg

What a beautifully written blog with priceless photo's. I can't add much more than all the comments before me, but it touched my heart. Happy father's Day.

Jun 19, 2011 12:26 PM #8
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

What great photos, Mitchell.  And yes, you do have big ears :)

Jun 19, 2011 05:00 PM #9
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Wonderful memories, and all caught on film., you'll have them a liftetime.  Great tribute to your Dad Mitchell.........excellent photos too.

Jun 19, 2011 11:18 PM #10
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
Wonderful pictures, Mitchell! Love black and white even now. Thanks so much for sharing them!
Jun 20, 2011 03:42 PM #12
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I missed this!  What wonderful photos all of them.  The one with you and your dad is fantastic.  I wonder why no smiles .... 

Jul 01, 2011 07:35 AM #14
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