I stopped for dinner this past Thursday evening at Cracker Barrel. I always enjoy the home cooking when I visit, especially the vegetables. They’re prepared much the same as they were at my grandmothers’ homes.
As I was seated, however, I scanned the walls of the restaurant and took in the old-timey décor. The Cracker Barrel restaurants take pride in the old country store environment. You can learn more about the décor and about Larry Singleton, their Décor Warehouse Manager, at http://www.crackerbarrel.com/about-decor.cfm?doc_id=51. After I ordered my meal, I sat there contemplating the scores of old framed photographs that dated from the 1800s and early 1900s. Who were these people? Where did they live? And how did their portrait photographs come to be hung in a restaurant? I always find it disturbing that these pictures have been lost to their families. However, there are some resources for learning about old photographs and the possibilities of reuniting them with their families.
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