Jerry Bettis of Stillwater saw a cartoon in the Swayback Daily Kick in which a mother was showing an album to her son. The mother said, “Here's your father and my wedding album.”
“Now, I'm loath to bring this up because it was spoken by an ant on the comic page,” said Jerry as he read the Daily Kick's comics at Curly's Soonerco. “But I decided that even ants should be held to high standards. ... I suppose the proper English version would be, ‘Here's your father's and my wedding album.'”
Around the greasepit, Buck would probably say “Here's mine and your father's wedding album.” That wouldn't satisfy prissy grammarians, but it's the way most people express it.
Long ago, “my” was used before a consonant and “mine” was used before a vowel. That's why Julia Ward Howe wrote “Mine eyes have seen the glory ...” in “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Nowadays, “mine” is used as a pronoun (“This book is mine”) and “my” as an adjective (“This is my book”).
“Here's your father and my wedding album” would certainly be unacceptable, because “your father” is not possessive. “Your father's and my wedding album” would fill the grammatical needs, but it would sound a mite fancy to Buck and the boys. When something doesn't sound right, even though it's grammatical, Buck looks for another way of putting it.
“This is the album of pictures taken when your father and I got married,” would sound right to Buck's ears.
“This is a picture of me and Uncle Hadacol's fish, which we caught out of his pond,” said Gopher, pointing to a photo of a carp and a catfish.
“Which one is you and which one is the fish?” asked Floyd.
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