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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.

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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:


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


...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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