SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

All My Children: 1942

All My Children: 1942

Spring 1942. New Bedford, Massachusetts. "Portuguese mother with pictures of her sons, who are all in service." Photo by John Collier, OWI. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

7 sons is what my Portuguese grandmother had, too

And 5 daughters. Of the 7 boys, 6 served in WWII (Army, Navy, and the Marines), and the eldest worked on Battleship Row in San Francisco.

Large families were the norm in the Portuguese communities of that era. My Uncle Manuel's wife, Eva, was one of 24 children.

Collette Family

My mother was the only girl in the family, with 9 brothers. Seven served in WWII, with one being killed in North Africa and another being wounded in the same campaign. My grandmother (Lily LaBarge Collette) lived in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada. Some of the boys were in the Canadian service, some American. The other two brothers tried to sign up but were too old. Mom worked in a uniform factory. Pretty hardy group. They really were the greatest generation and I was so lucky to grow up around them.

Divided by a common language

I'm assuming that 'in service' has a different meaning in the US to the UK? In the UK if they were in the army (or whatever) the would be 'in the services', but if they were servants they would be 'in service'.

Where are they now?

The 1940 Census is now available on line. New Bedford, Mass. isn't very big, and was probably smaller back then, after the end of the sailing and whaling days. Can anyone mine that data for a lady of Portuguese ancestry with 7 sons? Might she have also been featured in a local newspaper?

I have been a Judge of Elections. There isn't much time, but on this Memorial day, I would like to take the names and a New Bedford phone book to call the ex-servicemen and thank them for their efforts before I was born so that I might have elections to judge.

Justifiably proud!

You can tell by their pictures she and her husband reared a fine group of young men, one apparently already married! No slackers there! Hope they made it home alive! Frames beautifully arranged, too, on the lovely 20's table.

Seven sons?

We are assuming there are seven sons, but these seven photographs could be of only two or three sons at different stages of their lives. If they are all her sons, then the poor woman must have a conveyor belt...

A nervous wreck!

Seven sons in the service in early 1942, she must have been a wreck, and she had to do it without any Prozac to boot. Yes, they were tougher back then, I think.

Lamp Base

As I was looking at this picture, I noticed the floor lamp. I remember one that was similar at my Grandparents' house when I was a child. There is a switch on the base. You could click it with your foot and a light would come on in the base.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.