Maryland Blogger: Sharing memories of long ago

Sharing memories of long ago

Sharing memories of long ago

Save those family pictures


I was looking at some old blogs and reblogs and found this one that I posted five years ago.

Blame this blog on Clarksville real estate professional  Debbie Reynolds.  Debbie got many of us thinking about past moments that we could share in blogs.

Recently, one of my younger sisters, Lynne Kelley, emailed some old family photographs to Dolores. Lynne and her family live near Chicago. She is the designated family historian. The group of photographs included a couple of pictures of me that were taken when I was very young. The photograph in this blog had a note on the back “four and a half years old”.

You are too young to relate to this time frame but that age would indicate that the photograph was taken early in 1942. It was wartime and we lived in a community that has a strong military orientation. The white house in the background was our newly built home at 10 Park Place in the Cradock neighborhood of Portsmouth, Virginia. I do not remember the name of my dog, also in the background.

At that time, Cradock was in Norfolk County and the County covered the area south all of the way to the North Carolina line. Cradock was one of the early planned communities in the country and was developed during World War I to house workers at the nearby Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The Marine barracks were within the shipyard. Portsmouth is also the location of the Naval Hospital and the Coast Guard base.

During the war, eligible men that had a child were given the option of joining the Coast Guard or a local police force rather than being drafted for military service. My father, John J. Kelley opted to join the Norfolk County Police force where he served for ten years.

I was too young to understand the horrors of war but was old enough to know that our heroes were in uniform. Several family members would visit us when on leave from their military duties and they knew that they could find a sofa bed and some good meals when they came to our home.

Save those family pictures that will help some of us recall memories of long ago.



Roy Kelley

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy Kelley and Associates


Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

Comment balloon 33 commentsRoy Kelley • September 08 2018 10:00PM


Good morning, Roy Kelley cute kid.... and you looked like a natural in that uniform....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 8 months ago

Roy, thank you sharing the photo. I agree with Barbara. Cute kid

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Good photographers must run in your family Roy because this one looks like it was taken recently. You haven't changed much...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy.  I need to digitize my old photos as they are becoming very fragile.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy. Not a lot of photographs of my youth. We were just not into it. Enjoy yours!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 8 months ago

Roy - that is a dear picture of you - I love the pictures from during the war of the little boys like yourself in their uniforms! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 8 months ago

Memories captured for a lifetime will now live on forever on the internet !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 8 months ago

Look at you!  Memories are so wonderful.  I don't think we should blame Debbie Reynolds , we should thank her for encouraging you to share some memories with us!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 8 months ago

Roy, what a wonderful photo of you. I enjoy going through old photos and reliving the memories. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 8 months ago

What a wonderful picture that is, Roy!  I'm glad you have it.  I too, was born during the war.  I also remember one of my first Christmas presents that comes to memory was a set of little metal toy soldiers.  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

What a precious photo Roy Kelley thank you for've been photogenic your entire life!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing your photo and your memories, Roy Kelley .  I had the privelege of sharing my parents' 65th wedding anniversary with them the end of August and had our local paper post an article and the following photo of them from 1953.  They were so young! Now 89 and 90.Mom and Dad

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) 8 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you very much for the feature recognition. It is much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Roy, what a great photo, and is fun looking back through old photos.  I did a bit of this when packing, and saw so many old photo albums! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 8 months ago

Roy- in addition to that cute photo of you, I loved your memories that you shared with us. It's so important that we keep these memories alive with pictures and stories. And Gabe Sanders I've been slowly digitizing my photos. I keep threatening to take them to one of those companies that will do them all at once. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

Roy, Such a cute photo.  My parents were married during he war.  Good you have someone over seeing your family's history.  Thanks for re-sharing with us!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 8 months ago

What a little soldier you are. I have a big box of old photos and need to go through and recapture some old moments. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 8 months ago


                                                  Thank you, Roy!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

Hi Roy, a most endearing photo and great memory.  Keep them coming!

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy Kelley,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! I missed it and I love it. John Henry is right..what an endearing photo and great memory! I'd love to see more.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 8 months ago

Hi Roy

That's a wonderful photo to have in your collection. Thank you for sharing your memories!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 8 months ago


So glad Kathy Streib featured this post.  I remember reading it the first time your posted, and it is just as wonderful the second time around.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

I remember seeing this darn adorable!

I treasure my old photos, and I hope one of my children does long after I'm gone.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 8 months ago

There’s things that bring me back to that all the time and I love feeling good about the old days sometimes.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 8 months ago

You are very welcome! Keep doing what you do and keep smiling and shining,

Roy Kelley

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 8 months ago

Wow Roy, that is incredible. I like that you say your sister is the family historian since every family needs at least one to help keep the memories alive. Thanks for sharing such a cute picture and some of your family history.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) 7 months ago

What a cutie! It is fun to see old photos of ourselves, thanks for sharing the photo again.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) 7 months ago

Roy Kelley - It is no coincidence that the first blog post I'm reading today is yours. I distinctly remember reading your original post and this photograph of you as a handsome little boy, mature beyond years, standing proudly in uniform for the photograph. I say, it is no coincidence because for the past several months, I have been keeping a journal. I begin everyday, with a quote followed by what it means to me. All of my entries are one page each. Let me share my quote of the day that was so special to me, which I believe will have significant meaning to you as well. 

"Photography is the art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." --- Elliott Erwith

I should add two things: 1) I don't remember the contest or the reason Debbie Reynolds initiated the inspiration for your original post; however, I do remember reading this one before (except for the part that your younger sister lived near Chicago). Also, I remember the photograph very well. 2) When I write my first journal entry for the day, it's the first thing I do after taking care of personal hygiene without checking my emails, social media, or news of the day. 

Coincidence? Or was this meant to be?

Wishing you retrieval of memories of long ago and may they stay in your heart and your memory always. And might I add, you are a very special member of ActiveRain. I always looked up you to for your intelligence, truth, support to members on ActiveRain, and your loyalty and devotion to Dolores. Parents don't make boys like you anymore. Thank you for being you. 


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago

Roy, honestly, I don't think you look all that different. Still recognizable through the eyes.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) 7 months ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

I wonder why I am receiving comments on this blog that was posted last month.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Patricia Feager 

Thanks so much for your comments. I shared your quote selection on Facebook.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago