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This is the Jewish Passover Seder in 1922, in Juarez, Mexico. Among the celebrants are the parents of my late wife. What is especially interesting is that most of the people here were refugees from the Russian Revolution who wanted to reach America but were stuck still in Mexico - mostly in Chihuahua and living in caves!
We still have an old newspaper clipping in which my father-in-law says that living in a cave is difficult but preferable to the conditions they had to endure during the revolution in Russia!
This is a famous photograph taken just before Christmas, 1917 and it shows the surrender of the city of Jerusalem to the British Army. The campaign against the Turkish army had succeeded and the Turks were in total retreat. The city authorities awaited the British army which was already nearby and finally the mayor (the man in the fez and carrying a cane) and the local police went out looking for advance units of the British Army in order to surrender to them. They encountered these two British soldiers who were simply out scavenging for tobacco and the mayor handed them a white flag as token of surrender. A photographer of the American Colony Photo Service, accompanying the mayor recorded the incident. At first the two soldiers, a private and a sergeant, didn’t want to accept the surrender but the mayor and his party were insistent.
Pennsylvania Railroad T-1 Duplex, East St. Louis, late 1940s. Not sure whether the man is the engineer or a roundhouse worker. Whatever the case, he and those like him vanished along with the steam locomotive. The T-1 duplex-drive passenger locomotive was capable of speeds well in excess of 100 mph.
Anti Aircraft Group in England as they were preparing to go into Normandy, France, around May 1944. My dad, John Frank Hines (far left), was with the 601st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. The unit entered Normandy on D-Day plus 10 and ended up in Antwerp, Belgium, shooting down V-1's (buzzbombs). Dad was a PFC and earned four bronze stars. I wish I knew the other men in the picture.
Immigrant Children, Ellis Island, 1908, New York. View full size.
Sweeper and doffer boys in Lancaster Cotton Mills, Dec. 1, 1908. Lancaster, S.C. View full size.