I have always loved these pictures of my paternal grandparents. I may be very biased, but I think that they were a rather striking couple in their youth.
This is a picture of my grandmother taken in 1900 at the age of 14. Her eyes are mysteriously haunting and almost sad, don't you think?
This is my grandfather who was a bit older, but I think this picture was taken not many years after my grandmother's photo from above. As a young adult, he worked for a while as a trolley conductor in Chicago and someone must have convinced him to be photographed in his uniform.
My grandfather's family members were tall; my grandmother's family members were short. Today's generation of the family have both, and I have the distinction of being the shortest of them all.