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High school student Christine Bader assembled a photo scrapbook from 1919 through her graduation in 1921. In it she pasted pictures of her friends, family, and places she visited. I bought her scrapbook at an ephemera show in Pasadena, California.
Some of the places she visited were sanatoriums (tuberculosis hospitals). Woodman Home in Colorado Springs, Colorado was one of those. She does not say who the four women posed in the gateway were. The hospital was set up by the printer's union to handle both tuberculosis and black lung disease in printers, which was caused when they breathed in the carbon-based inks of the era. View full size.
Fifteen years earlier it would have been simply shocking for teen girls to be seen in public with so much skin exposed. But on the cusp of the Roaring Twenties, fashion had changed. Compared to the middy dresses of earlier bathers, this was nearly a bikini.
Photograph was taken by Christine Bader some time between 1919 and 1921. I found it in a photo album she made during her high school years. On the back is a purple rubber stamp with a triangular logo featuring the graphic of a native American in feather headdress, and the words Illini Quality Service. This suggests, that though she took the photos, she sent them out for commercial processing.
My great-grandfather, Dovid Ziv (1840-1921) He fathered 18 children by two wives. View full size.
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.