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My maternal grandfather's family (three brothers, three sisters) emigrated from Hungary about the turn of the century and settled in the predominantly Hungarian-Jewish Logan section of Philadelphia. Some of them were photographed at some sort of costume event.
I think that males number 1, 2, 3 and 5 from the left were my grandfather Nelson Blass (1884-1952), uncle Eugene Blass (1890-1953), uncle Rudy Polya (1889-1987) and uncle Armin Braun (1890-1957). The only female whom I recognize is [middle] aunt Sara Blass Polya (1888-1973). View full size.
My maternal grandfather Leo C. Ziv (1890-1971) emigrated from Lithuania about 1910. Like many young Jewish immigrants, he became an itinerant peddler in Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton and Lehigh counties, Pennsylvania. At age 25, he married my 17 year-old grandmother. Two years later, he was inducted into the Army, served in he American Expeditionary Force.
This image of my maternal grandfather Leo C. Ziv (1890-1971) [center] was probably taken during his training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. As part of the American Expeditionary Force the following year, his lungs were burned by a cloud of mustard gas floating into his trench. He had to expectorate into a paper sack for the remaining 53 years of his life. View full size.
My grandmother Helen Solomon Ziv (1898-1988). View full size.
My grandmother and mother in Atlantic City in front of a typical photographer's studio background. View full size.
My mother Evelyn Ziv Blass (1915-2006) at age seven, obligatory pony picture taken in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. View full size.
My great-grandmother Shifra Sender Solomon (1872-1934). View full size.