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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.
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!
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."
Self-portrait circa 1910. The only thing out of focus is the photographer. Does anyone know what kind of camera he's using? Scanned from the original 5x4 inch glass negative. View full size.