Treasure Chest Thursday: There Was an App for That

Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984)   Phillip Columbus McCormick, circa 1914. From the scrapbook of Benita (McGinnis) McCormick.   My great-uncle, Phillip Columbus McCormick, who always loved the Spanish language, must been smitten with it during the trip that he and my great-aunt Detty, Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, took to Mexico … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: There Was an App for That"

Those Places Thursday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 5: The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) We wrap up our postcard series by visiting one of the loveliest stopovers Phil and Benita made during their 1937 vacation, the famed floating Gardens of Xochimilco, in the southern region of the Federal District (Distrito Federal), about 40 minutes from downtown Mexico City.   … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 5: The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco"

Travel Tuesday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 4: Tracing Phil and Benita’s Footsteps through Mexico

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Three basket weavers smile obligingly at the photographer in “Tipos Mexicanos,” or “Mexican People.”  Photographer and location unknown, circa mid-1930s.  From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook. The black and white photographic postcards my great uncle and great aunt, Phil and Benita (“Aunt Detty”) McCormick purchased during … Continue reading "Travel Tuesday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 4: Tracing Phil and Benita’s Footsteps through Mexico"

Friday’s Faces from the Past: Meeting John and Mary Coates

John Coates Mary (?) Coates Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Fun-loving John and Mary Coates, just who were you? Caption reads, “John and lovely Mary Coates.”  1937, Mexico.  Exact location unknown; possibly Taxco, Guerrero?  From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.   These photographs, from my great-aunt Benita’s scrapbook, tell us you were in … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past: Meeting John and Mary Coates"

Those Places Thursday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 3: The Artistry of Taxco

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phillip and Benita McCormick, Mexico, 1937. From the scrapbook of Benita (McGinnis) McCormick. As we trace my great uncle and aunt, Phil and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s 1937 visit to Mexico, let’s return to the colonial hilltop village of Taxco, in the eastern state of Guerrero.  They … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 3: The Artistry of Taxco"

Those Places Thursday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 2: Taxco

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)   Cactus prickly pear vendor, possibly from Taxco, 1937. From Benita McCormick’s scrapbook. Without having them here to share their itinerary with us today, we must rely on the postcards my great aunt and great uncle, Benita and Phillip McCormick, saved in their scrapbook from their 1937 … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 2: Taxco"

Wordless Wednesday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 1

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) “Tipos Mexicanos,” or “Mexicans,” reads the caption at the bottom.  1937; from Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook. My great aunt and great uncle, Benita and Phillip McCormick, were enamored of Mexico and bought quite a few postcards during their visit there, mailing a number of them … Continue reading "Wordless Wednesday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 1"

Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!

  Eight years…can it really be that long? My trusty Underwood typewriter, its ribbon now worn, keeps  me company as I write.  A gift from my great-aunt Detty, it once belonged to my great-grandfather Thomas McGinnis, who used it to write an autobiography of his adventures at sea. Actually, it’s eight years and two days…171 posts, and 30,959 page views.   … Continue reading "Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!"