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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Oscar Weston: 1911

Oscar Weston: 1911

June 1911. "Oscar Weston, 1320 Berkley Avenue, South Norfolk. Has been doing 'toting work' off and on for a year at the Chesapeake Knitting Mills in Berkley, Virginia." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Oscar Weston

This is my grandfather. That is unbelievable that this picture existed so long without our family's knowledge.

Oscar Weston

1910 United States Federal Census
about Oscar Weston
Name: Oscar Weston
Age in 1910: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: Robert J
Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Fannie
Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Norfolk Ward 8, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert J Weston 48
Fannie Weston 38
John Weston 19
Gussie Weston 15
Oscar Weston 12

Oscar Weston 1898-1966

I did an archive search for any Oscar Westons in Virginia and got just one result. I bet it's him:

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION DEATH MASTER FILE

WESTON, OSCAR
Birthdate: 1/10/1898
Date of Death: 12/1966
RESIDENCE: VA 23506 (Norfolk)

Jeez...

...the depth of field in this photograph is astounding to me. He practically leaps off the page. Staring at this picture, I get the feeling that for a nickel, he'd give me directions to the local druggist.

 
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