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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.

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Living the Dream: 1920s

Living the Dream: 1920s

My maternal grandparents Rose and John Peshekerian were survivors of the Armenian holocaust, both having lost their parents to the Ottoman Turks. They met and married in California and later produced two daughters, one of whom was my mother. Both arrived in the United States with not much more than the clothes on their backs.

In relatively short order, though(perhaps 15 years), my grandfather became a successful San Francisco real estate broker. This photo from the 1920s (exact date unknown) is an obvious expression of them having "arrived." Both are dressed to the nines; both formally posed as husband and wife.

Rose died of cancer in 1949, at the age of 56. John lived to be 93 years old and passed away, alone, in 1976 in San Francisco, never having remarried. View full size.

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