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This studio portrait of my grandparents and two of their children was taken in Romania around 1903, shortly before they came to the United States. The girl held by Sam died soon afterwards. The other girl was my aunt and lived to 90, becoming a great-grandmother. Sam was a tinsmith for most of his life.