Great Southern Men
Great Southern MenMay 14, 2012
Last year, in honor of Mother’s Day, we asked readers to submit vintage photos of the Southern women who inspired them. The result was an incredible collection of snapshots, portraits, and candids every bit as soulful and spirited as the women pictured (See the gallery here). This year, though, it’s time to give the gentlemen their due with a photo gallery of our Southern fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers.
To get things started, I dug through family photo albums and pulled a couple of my own.
Snapped sometime in the early 1950s, this photo wasn’t developed until a few years ago when the old negatives were discovered tucked in a drawer at my grandmother’s. Pictured are my aunts Betty and Cile next to my great-grandfather Liston Bass Coleman on his tobacco farm in Hyman, South Carolina. (Note the outfit: the linen pants, the pocket watch, the hat.) And although I never met my great-grandfather, his memory cast a long shadow in the Hutchison house.
My grandfather Leonard Lafayette Hutchison poses for a portrait during Officers Training School in Miami, Florida, before World War II. Also in his recruiting class was actor Clark Gable, who (according to my grandmother) was forced to stop sending out his laundry because it was stolen with such frequency.
More vintage photos from G&G staffers
Special Projects Manager and Assistant to the President Christi Hibbits' great-grandfather James Earle Harper, pictured on Harper Farm outside Clemson, South Carolina in 1960. He purchased the land in 1944 for his family to enjoy. Sixty-eight summers and five generations later, they still do.
Production Manager Suzanne Flohr's great-grandfather William Henry Dilatush (far left) and family, down from Memphis, mug for the camera at their hunt camp in Marked Tree, Arkansas. The group took home 49 mallards after a successful Thanksgiving Day duck hunt in 1933.
Assistant Photo Editor Margaret Houston's father, William Tennent Houston, next to his Fiat Spyder in Augusta, Georgia. August, 1980.
To enter your own photo, send images to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31. Please include names, dates, and places where possible. We'll round up our favorites and pull together a gallery just in time for Father's Day.