Old photographs & memories

A little while ago I was looking for some old photograph albums at my Mom’s house and came across a treasures chest with some really old photos mixed with some not so old ones. Some were really deteriorated and others were intact. I was so amazed at the finding that I have decided to share them

This one is of my paternal grandfather, Don Ramón Cancel Larragoity. He used to be a Police Officer back in the days, when he lived in the city of Mayagüez.


Like any other ordinary man, he got married to María Teresa Negrón López and had a kid, my dad, Ramón Cancel Jr.


Dad, probably in his early twenties.


And then he met my mom, Elba Iris Olmo Costa. She was probably in her late teens or early twenties when this one was taken.


Several years later, we came along. I still remember the day I got that cut on my chin. I was standing on the hind foot lever of a tricycle. This tricycle was being driven by another girl. We were chasing my brother on a Big Wheel. We turned abruptly and crashed. I flew over both of them and landed on the edge of some glass windows with my chin. The whole event ended in a festival of tears and I got five stitches. Nice one!


Me and my brother, Ramón the III.


Elementary school portrait of him.


My sister, the youngest of the pack. This was probably her Kinder graduation, early 80’s.


And finally, one of the whole family. I think this was in 1988 when my Dad presented one of his poems at a local bookshop.


I have many more old photos in that treasure chest, but I’ll save them for later on. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with Jim Croce.


26 thoughts on “Old photographs & memories

  1. It is strange the fascination old family photos can hold for us even those which are not of our own family. I spent part of today ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ as a colleague was sharing some of her family photographs including grandparents and herself as a toddler.

  2. munchow says:

    This is really a treasure of a post. Wonderful photographs which must be invaluable for you. It’s fun to see the development of your family from grandfather to your whole family in the late 80’s. Such a lovely family.

    • mcolmo says:

      Thank you Munchow. I have many more, but since I don’t know some of the people in the photos, especially the very old ones, I haven’t posted them, but I will!

  3. What beautiful memories! I used to love looking at my parents’ photo collection and when they sadly both passed away, we shared them amongst us siblings (10 of us). There is nothing like family photos to give you a sense of belonging and identity.
    By the way, about your little sister’s photo: you say it is her Kinder graduation, won’t it be by any chance her First Communion, usually taken about 8 years of age?

  4. Thanks for sharing these terrific photos. I love looking at old pictures and these were terrific! Your father and mother were very good looking folks….they passed it on 🙂 Glad I hopped over here from Susie’s Party!

    • mcolmo says:

      Hahaha, thank you so much for al the compliments! My father passed away in 1995, he was 58, too young to leave us and I still miss him. Mom is still here with us and I pray she stays for a long while. Thank you for saying they passed on the good looks. You’re welcome to visit anytime! 🙂

  5. Good morning
    Hope you are Well?
    I have just aquired a purple hands of christ prayer healing card, and with your permisson would like to use it to send you love and healing.
    Yor farther looks a lot like the singer Ritchie Valens,,,and thank you for sending me the youtube link to “In yours eyes ” by Peter Gabriel..its a wonderful song with meaning.
    I bless you, upmost respect and honour

    • mcolmo says:

      Thank you gg. You may send all that is good and positive towards me. I’ll appreciate it very much. Of all people, you’re the first one that says my dad looks like Ritchie Valens, hahahaha. Glad you like Peter Gabriel, he’s awesome. 🙂

  6. A journey back in time. They are beautiful, thank you. And now I’m going to listen to Jim Croce.

  7. m5son says:

    Handsome family Marielba. You look a lot like your father, which could mean you will have a mustache later in life. You all look happy and loved. Good stuff.

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    Oh, such precious memories. Such treasures to have these old photographs. Thanks for sharing. I love the Jim Croce song.

  9. Fantastic photos, I totally agree. Old photographs are so interesting, so I yours, and with your stories, even better. Embla was really beautiful, and you all, thanks for sharing, Karen! 🙂

  10. susielindau says:

    These are fantastic photos M! Thanks so much for sharing them!

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