Throwback Thursday--Christmas in Buffalo NY

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Throwback Thursday--Christmas in Buffalo NY 

Christmas at the Riches

Wow, do we look like one of those old sit-com families or what??  My gorgeous parents, Mickey, my dad and my mom, Pat, the daughters dressed like The Bobsy Twins (we weren't, but Mom did that to us a lot) and our very first dog, Punchy, our boxer who was instrumental in making me a lifelong dog lover. This was in the living room of our first home in Boston, NY, a very VERY small town outside Buffalo.

Remember the days when you would get dressed up for your Christmas or Easter  family photo sessions? Not sure if they do that much now, but we ALWAYS did, growing up in the early 60's. 

And there is something precious about black and white photos that always pull at my photographer's heartstrings. 

Gotta love old photos!!! (Thanks, Kerrie for allowing us to indulge in our pasts for Throwback Thursdays, my first entry into this Thursday foray). 

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Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
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Punchy, good name for a boxer---- we have had two 1. Sugar Ray and 2. T-Bone

 

they are great pets for families !

Aug 14, 2014 12:01 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Gayle. Oh my, I would know you anywhere, and this photo is heartwarming. Love Punchy too.

Aug 14, 2014 12:30 AM #2
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Michele, my mom has always had a good sense of humor and she most likely was the one to name Punch. She lived to be 13 and was my "older sister". She was a GREAT dog and everyone in the neighborhood loved her. (And we boomers were quite plentiful in our community!)

Sheila, in looking at this (Mom just sent this in an e-mail), I guess I haven't changed that toothy smile much!

Aug 14, 2014 12:42 AM #3
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Oh, I love the nostalgia of this...makes me want to see my parents! 

Aug 14, 2014 12:49 AM #4
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Kristin, my dad, my HERO is no longer with us on this plane...he is with me all of the time, I know THAT. I had forgotten how very handsome he was. He was such a GUY. 

He was so very white blonde and had what he called a "brush cut", so in this to those who don't know him, I guess he could look bald, but he never came close to that!

Go see your parents! 

Aug 14, 2014 12:57 AM #5
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Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
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I use to dress my two oldest sons alike too.  They still have not forgiven me.

Aug 14, 2014 01:24 AM #6
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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
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You look like twins. Let me guess, your the smiling one at the left?

BTW, I super love the new profile photo. Sophisticated but warm because of the smile :)

Aug 14, 2014 01:48 AM #7
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Gayle,

What a lovely shot..My first dog was a boxer, and what a love he was...how is that for coincidences...A

Aug 14, 2014 02:19 AM #8
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Liz, you made me laugh--thank you!

Patty, yup, that's me! Our whole family looks very similar. Except for the dog, but NOW I have Goldens, so, gee I guess I can't say that anymore. As a matter-of-fact, that's my dog as my new profile! 

Alexandra, well, now, isn't that something??!!! we certainly are kindred spirits.

Aug 14, 2014 06:13 AM #9
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Sharon Lee
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Gayle-What a wonderful pic. You do still have that beautiful smile. I smile when you talk about NY.  We had a boxer when we were were youngsters and lived in Syracuse NY. His name was Tiny. Funny name for a boxer.

Aug 14, 2014 07:31 AM #10
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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I like throwback Thursdays... will have to go dig in my albums for some photos. Great photo and you do look like a sitcom family

Aug 14, 2014 08:12 AM #11
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Good evening Gayle ... love the photo and of course Punchy.  Can't beat the love of a Boxer.  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 14, 2014 12:07 PM #12
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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There is nothing more touching as older black and white pictures.

Your family picture is so lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Aug 15, 2014 04:42 PM #13
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Awe.... this is a precious family shot! I hope you display it on an annual basis for Christmas or Thanksgiving as a reminder of the good old days. What a lovely family you have. You and your sister were simply adorable and it looks like you gave your parents lots of joy growing up as kids. And your mom and dad were both beautiful too!!!

Punchy looks big enough to ride on like a pony! She looks like she was the greatest family pet who minded her manners. As you and your sister grew up, I'm sure she watched over you very well!

Love the photo Gayle!!!

Aug 15, 2014 08:24 PM #14
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your memories and the wonderful photograph.

Have a lovely weekend with your camera in hand.

Aug 16, 2014 12:36 AM #15
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