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"

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: It’s All Relative

Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson  (1927 – 2011) Joan (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) My great-aunt “Detty,” or Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, and her younger sister (my grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon), lived several blocks apart on the South side of Chicago, both from each other and from their mother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) … Continue reading "Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: It’s All Relative"

Matrilineal Monday: Two Little Bundles of Love

Benita Elizabeth (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Christmas 1927 brought a very special gift to my great-aunt and great-uncle, Benita and Phil McCormick.     These two little cherubs, “Buddy and Jane,” or Phillip Eugene and Benita Jane  … Continue reading "Matrilineal Monday: Two Little Bundles of Love"

Treasure Chest Thursday: Sharing a Gift from the Railroad

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)   Indian Tree pattern teacups and double-handed bouillon cups, part of a 1921 wedding gift to Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, from his employer,  the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Of all the wedding gifts my great-aunt Detty (Benita) and great-uncle Phil McCormick received  on October 3, 1921, this charming dinner service … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: Sharing a Gift from the Railroad"