Sepia Saturday #315: Birthday Baking

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This beautiful card celebrating Aunt Sadie’s 4th birthday was sent to her from Newton Memorial Hospital where she was born at the end of September in 1936.

The little workers on this birthday card are busy putting the finishing touches on the cake. It’s huge but when the cake shows up on the inside of the card to be delivered by a knight-led parade of elves, it’s in the arms of only one elf. It must be some sort of elven magic!

Our (Jodi, Jill and Jenni) birthday cakes were usually homemade by mom, Sadie, or one of the grandmas. This is my 5th birthday cake. Not sure what the decorations are supposed to be and I hope we had ice cream for all those spoons! My mom’s china pattern can be seen on the creamer to the right.

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My sisters and I have celebrated a number of birthdays over the years. We have been photographed in costumes and odd hats.

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Super Jill, 4th birthday at Merriam Ave, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey

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Jodi, 5th birthday at Merriam Aveneue, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, we’ve been both inside and outside for our celebrations.

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Jill with a “tude”, Jenni and Jodi. Gram Westra is peeking around the corner. Merriam Avenue, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey

 

 

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Jill at Gram Strait’s backyard, Lincoln Place, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill and Grandma Westra had the same birthday, July 9th, so we have pictures across the decades too:

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1970s: Jill and Gram Westra with Jenni onlooking at Townsend Street, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey

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1980s: Jill and Gram Westra, Townsend Street, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1990s: Jill and Gram Westra, Townsend Street, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey

And it’s interesting to see all the things in the background of photos.JillMerriam

Aunt Sadie smoking in the house, rainbow suspenders, popsicle stick wishing well, macramé owl.

Here’s to all the birthday cakes. Wedding cakes? Another story, perhaps…

 

 

 

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo: Baking

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10 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday #315: Birthday Baking

  1. One of my favorite cakes is a lemon “Poke Cake” – a white or lemon flavored sheet cake baked and poked with holes after it has cooled a bit, then has condensed lemon jello poured over it and refrigerated for a couple of hours. When it’s time to eat it, it’s piled high with whipped cream (or Cool Whip). It can be made with any flavor cake or Jello for that matter, but I’m partial to lemon or lime. Yum!

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