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Happy To Be Home?

Happy To Be Home?

Here is a cute 1940s couple from my Instant Relatives collection. Not sure if he's leaving or has just come home from duty - am hoping it's the latter. She seems a lot less enthusiastic about their embrace than he does; hmm, wonder why...

Roland Herse: 1930s

Roland Herse: 1930s

My dad's real father, Roland (Rollie) Herse, taken sometime in the mid 1930s, probably out on Silver Lake, Wisconsin. He & my grandma had been married just five years (& my dad was only 3 months old) when he died of kidney failure in November 1937 (a few days before Thanksgiving, according to my dad) at the ripe young age of 33. What I love most about this photo is the tan line from his watch.

1940s Fun

1940s Fun

A great 1940s group shot from my Instant Relatives collection, probably taken in Southern California. Does anyone recognize the logo on his jacket? It may shed some light on the who, where & when for this photo. Thanks!

Togetherness

Togetherness

My fav candid shot of Grandma & Grandpa Hughes, taken at Silver Lake, Wisconsin, 1942. Not quite sure what they're doing (is he feeding her something or lighting her cigarette maybe?). They're not around anymore to say & daddy doesn't remember either (he was only 5 when this was taken). Any guesses out there? Thanx!

Working Gals

Working Gals

Another great pic from my Instant Relatives collection. Per consulting with a friend who's an expert on Fashions of Yesteryear, these gals were probably working the fields during WWII. Their hair is pulled back into a turban or bandana, something stressed, so it wouldn't be caught in the equipment. Written on the back of this photo (in pencil!) is "Felma and Grace Cardin.". But for some reason when I look at this photo, I can't help but think "Thelma & Louise."

Esther & Gene: July 1940

Esther & Gene: July 1940

July 1940. My paternal grandparents, Esther & Eugene (Gene) Hughes, in Silver Lake, Wisconsin, two months before they were married. Just love Grandma's nautical attire.

Elsa & Joe: 1931

Elsa & Joe: 1931

My maternal grandparents, Elsa & Joe Poeschl, in Milwaukee in 1931. They had only been married a couple of months when this was taken. Even in her 90's, Grandma could describe in great detail the dress she was wearing here. I think she loved that dress almost as much as she loved Grandpa.

 
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