More Portraits in Time

Tiny, Mamie, Sara at Spurrier studio

Only Tiny shows the slightest hint of a smile. Mamie looks very pensive and Sara is stunned. What in the world was going on behind the camera? In their casual shots, these girls are generally all giggles, but they had been dolled up into submission for this session. And only Sara could love a doll as creepy as the one in her lap.

Bigma, Bama, Big and Rena, probably also at Spurrier studio

Did Mrs. Spurrier discourage smiles? Or did we just have a naturally solemn family?

Howard Evans and his girls

This was one of Sara’s favorites, as it is mine. An interesting study in hairstyling contrasts: Tiny has been pincurled and primped, Mamie with bangs like a tiny flapper, and Sara appears to have had a kitchen bowl and scissors applied to her hair. Still no smiles, but the girls are safe with their father. I believe this picture must have been take a few months or a year before the one above. And isn’t it odd how Mrs. Spurrier captured Howard? He’s not really looking directly at any of the girls, but the effect is one of complete contentment and paternal calm, gathering them in toward him for protection. A kind and gentle man who would have been a perfect grandfather.

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About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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