Had to laugh when I read the Sepia Saturday prompt for this week (see image/link at the bottom of this post): "Lots of people stood outside a building. Hats, coats, kids, goats --- (well maybe not the goats, I inserted that for poetic balance)"
My reason for laughing was that earlier this week, I added two posts with group pictures to my family history blog Greetings from the Past - and one of them includes... well, not a goat, but a horse...
When I first found this photo, I was not able to identify it; but when looking at it again the other day, it hit me that it
must be from the farm where my grandmother Sally grew up; taken after the death of her father, who died in 1907. Not in connection with the funeral, because he died in winter, and this is obviously summer. Might even be a year later. Judging by
their clothes etc, it does look like some kind of special
celebration - but perhaps just having their photo taken at all was occasion enough to dress up and wear flowers... and to include the horse??
There are two major reasons why I did not recognize the context when I first saw the photo. One is that on the (later) photos of the farm that I remembered, the house was white. The other is that in the beginning (when going through the old photos) I got two of my grandmother's older half-brothers mixed up with each other.
I now think that the people in this photo are, from left to right:
My great-grandmother, her daughter from her first marriage, my grandmother (born 1900) and her younger brother, and (with the horse) their older half-brother from their father's first marriage, who took over the farm. (The age difference between him and his step-mother was only 9 years.)
More details at Greetings from the Past: The Family at the Farm
If you'd like to see my other recently posted "group of people in front of a house" photo (starring another of my grandmother's half-brothers), you'll find it here: Greetings from the Past: Gustaf in Galeton, Pennsylvania (~1910)
Linking to Sepia Saturday 471