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My Five Sons: 1899

My Five Sons: 1899

"Summit Avenue Ensemble." Photographer Thomas Askew's twin sons Clarence and Norman, son Arthur, neighbor Jake Sansome, and sons Robert and Walter at the Askew home in Atlanta. 1899 or 1900. View full size. The Askew residence, at 114 Summit Avenue, burned in the Great Fire of 1917.


The Fiddler

Seated in the front looks just like Kenan Thompson from SNL.


I think the young man on the far right is P-Diddy's great-great grandfather, A-Diddy.


Very surprising to see a mixed race ensemble in Atlanta at that time. Maybe Mr. Sansome was the token white guy. ;-)

What a fine looking group

Such a handsome and dignified group of young men...another group that I would love to know what became of them.


What a great looking troupe of young players, I bet they played as well as they looked.

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