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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Teamwork: 1939

Teamwork: 1939

April 7, 1939. "Twins become mothers together for second time in less than two years. Accustomed to doing practically the same things all their lives, these Washington twins, now mothers, have apparently decided that having their children together would certainly be in order. The mothers, Mrs. Eileen Moon, left, and Mrs. Kathleen Robie, last week gave birth to daughters to set a new record at Columbia Maternity Hospital. Mrs. Moon's youngster, whom she named Carol, was born on March 29, while Mrs. Robie's new daughter Nancy Lee first saw the light of day on April 1. This same thing happened in July 1937 when Mrs. Robie gave birth to a girl and a few hours later Mrs. Moon's baby, a boy, arrived." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

What are the odds....

I was catching up on my backlog of Shorpy photos when this one came up..... My mom is the baby on the right, and I wrote the story on Treelines that was cited in the first comment! The internet sure makes this a very small world. For more on the Lynch family, see my blog posts here.

And as for Mr. Mel's comment -- the twins lives were so intertwined that "coincidence" was a daily experience. If you ever have the good fortune to know identical twins, then you will realize that such a confluence of events is not at all unusual.

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Thankfully, their family members have created two records that shed light on what came before, and after, this moment. One is an online slideshow, which focuses on the mothers' birth in 1919 to Abel and Jessie Lynch of Tennessee.

The other is a comprehensive online Lynch family tree.

Planned Parenthood

Not to get too personal, I assume there are husbands involved here. Timing has to come into play, scorecards and other informational materials. Communications between the 2 couples had to get more than a little up close and personal. Coincidence might have happened in 1937 but again 2 years later is a stretch.

 
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