Real Mothers, Rare Style: Reader Photos

In honor of Mother's Day, check out these vintage photos of our readers' fly and fashionable moms.

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    Laurel Sayler

    Mary Sayler

    Submitted by Laurel Sayler: A photo of Laurel Sayler’s mother, Mary Sayler, taken around 1957. “Her style has always been classic, timeless and not too flashy,” Sayler said. 

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    Ellisha Teapot

    Lenora Davis McKinney Clark

    Submitted by Ellisha Teapot: A photo of Teapot’s mom, Lenora Davis McKinney Clark, taken around 1952. 

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    Robert Harcum

    Edith L. Harcum

    Submitted by Robert Harcum: Harcum’s mother, Edith L. Harcum, in a high school photo at 18 years of age. 

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    Jim Lindsey

    Katherine McConnell

    Submitted by Jim Lindsey: Lindsey’s mom, Katherine McConnell, looking glamorous at their Queens, N.Y., home in the late 1960s. 

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    Laura Michelle Murphy

    Joan Mills

    Submitted by Laura Michelle Murphy: Murphy’s mother, Joan Mills, during Christmastime in 1960. Murphy considers her mom “the black Bardot with a side of Hepburn.”

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    Ellisha Teapot

    Jeanne 'the Queen of Everything' Dixon

    Submitted by Ellisha Teapot: Teapot’s aunt Jeanne “the Queen of Everything” Dixon during the early 1970s. She was only second to Teapot’s mother in being the first runway and print black model in Minnesota.

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    Ujima Moore

    Katherine Moore

    Submitted by Ujima Moore: Moore’s mom, Katherine Moore, during a 1998 trip to Baltimore. According to Moore, her mom still gets complimented on her savvy hat sense. 

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    Laurel Sayler

    Elizabeth Gledhill Sayler

    Submitted by Laurel Sayler: Sayler’s grandmother Elizabeth Gledhill Sayler in 1937. 

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    Shelley Christiansen

    Sheppie Spigner Moore

    Submitted by Shelley Christiansen: A professional portrait of Christiansen’s mother, Sheppie Spigner Moore, taken around 1951 at Scurlock Studio in Washington, D.C. Christiansen’s mom splurged on the photo as a gift for Christiansen’s father, who was stationed in Korea. 

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    O Moni Gho


    Submitted by O Moni Gho: Gho’s mom, Titilayo, during her college years in the 1970s in Ibadan, Nigeria. 

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    Sherril Gerard

    Mary Alice Watkins

    Submitted by Sherril Gerard: Gerard’s grandmother Mary Alice Watkins (left) with her siblings around 1938.  

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    Freda P. Jenkins

    Daisy Woodard Cook

    Submitted by Freda P. Jenkins: Jenkins’ mother, Daisy Woodard Cook, in New Orleans. 

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    Sheila Coleman-Castells

    Annie Louisa Coleman

    Submitted by Sheila Coleman-Castells: Coleman-Castells’ aunt Annie Louisa Coleman, who adopted her in 1962. Coleman worked alongside white men at the Defense Mapping Institute in Washington, D.C.

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    A'Lelia Bundles

    A'Lelia Mae Perry Bundles 

    Submitted by A’Lelia Bundles: Bundles’ stylish mom, A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles. According to Bundles, “She was stylish, hosted fabulous parties, could do a mean version of the dance ‘Ballin’ the Jack,’ could speak a little German and still makes me smile when I think of her.”

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    Tauheedah Hasan

    Mavin F. Winstead

    Submitted by Tauheedah Hasan: Hasan’s mom, Mavin F. Winstead, when she was 35 years old and already the mother of nine (and eventually 13) children. “Hats were her style to show her status, and she was my hero,” Hasan said. 

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    Vedra D. Chandler

    Edra Jones Chandler

    Submitted by Vedra D. Chandler: People on the street stop her and ask to take her picture. Her fashion sense is easy and contagious,” Chandler said about her mom, Edra Jones Chandler.

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    Donna Gray

    Georgia Bell Gray

    Submitted by Donna Gray: Gray’s mother, Georgia Bell Gray, in Chicago around 1949. 

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    Barb Whitfield

    Margaret Green

    Submitted by Barb Whitfield: A photo of Whitfield’s mother, Margaret Green, taken in Little Rock, Ark., in the 1940s. 

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    Christina K. Joseph

    Dorothy Sutherland Seymour

    Submitted by Christina K. Joseph: Joseph’s grandmother Dorothy Sutherland Seymour styling it up in Jamaica in the 1930s. “She was known by her family as the ‘glamour girl,’ ” Joseph mentioned. 

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    Sheila Coleman-Castells

    Ricarda Louise Foster

    Submitted by Sheila Coleman-Castells: Coleman-Castells’ birth mother, Ricarda Louise Foster, at the Links Cotillion in Oakland, Calif., in 1959. Foster was a high school track phenom who almost made it to the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Although Foster developed multiple sclerosis after Coleman-Castells’ birth, says Coleman-Castells, “Her spirit … was strong and her mind swift, and her intellect never wavered.”

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    Crystal Joellen

    Rosetta Hopson

    Submitted by Crystal Joellen: Joellen’s mom, Rosetta Hopson, in 1958. “Her style was genteel and gracious,” Joellen said. 

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    Shara Blake

    Gertrude Riley (Glover) Jackson

    Submitted by Shara Blake: A portrait of Blake’s mother, Gertrude Riley (Glover) Jackson. “She molded me into the woman, wife, mother and professional that I am today, and she will forever own a very special place in my heart,” Blake said. 

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    Caren Howard

    Jenetta E. Howard 

    Submitted by Caren Howard: Howard’s mom, Jenetta E. Howard, at her 1970s wedding. “Jenetta was an exceptional mother, wife, teacher and counselor in Columbia, Md.,” Howard said. “She had a 6-foot, lightweight ‘Amazon woman’ sense of fashion.”

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    Jacquelyn Bess Jobe

    Mary Helen Bess

    Submitted by Jacquelyn Bess Jobe: Jobe’s mother, Mary Helen Bess, poses for a photo during her high school graduation in 1940. “She was a beautiful woman, and I miss her every day,” Jobe said. 

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    Lynne Adrine

    Ethel Adrine

    Submitted by Lynne Adrine: A photo of Adrine’s mom, Ethel Adrine, after her graduation from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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    Stella Areece Primus

    Hestella Broadwater Primus

    Submitted by Stella Areece Primus: Primus’ mother, Hestella Broadwater Primus, leans against a car to pose for a picture in South Carolina in 1953. Primus describes her mother in three words: “Classy. Elegant. Graceful.”

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    Candace Lorraine Stowers

    Patti Ballard 

    Submitted by Candace Lorraine Stowers: Stowers’ mom, Patti Ballard, poses for a photograph in 1978. “She loved wearing a casual jacket with just about anything,” Stowers commented.

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    Antoinette R. Zeigler

    Hermiae C. Schmoke

    Submitted by Antoinette R. Zeigler: A photo of Zeigler’s mother, Hermiae C. Schmoke, taken in the 1940s in Baltimore.

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    Lauren Williams

    Loretta Moran Chevalier

    Submitted by The Roots deputy editor, Lauren Williams: A photo of Williams’ grandmother Loretta Moran Chevalier in the 1940s. “Because of this picture, my grandfather always called her ‘Bootsie.’ So cute,” Williams said. 

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    Lauren Williams

    Andrea Chevalier Williams 

    Submitted by The Roots deputy editor, Lauren Williams: Williams’ mother, Andrea Chevalier Williams, poses under the sun in go-go boots in the 1970s. “Clearly, my mom got her love of boots from her mother,” Williams commented.