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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.
Found this in a collection of stereo slides when we were cleaning out my in-laws' house. This is my father-in-law, who came back from WWII and either opened or worked at a photo store in Holyoke MA for a few years, before he started working as a plant repairman for some the manufacturing companies in the Pioneer Valley. This was probably taken in the early 50s and yes, it's Kodachrome.
He had a lifelong interest in photography and we are lucky to have many pictures of my wife's family. I have the stereo camera which was probably used to take this. It's a Revere Stereo 33, and it suffers from a poorly designed film advance mechanism. I did have it repaired once, and I managed to take a couple of rolls of stereo slides of my family, before the film advance failed again.
I'm not actually sure if this is a Speed Graphic, but it's a Graphic of some kind. All we found when we emptied the house was the flash and some film holders. The camera must have been sold. View full size.