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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BACK UP THE FIGHTING FORCES, WWII

Newlyweds: c.1951

Newlyweds: c.1951

My (future) mother and father stand in front of their first home, a “garden apartment” in New Brunswick, New Jersey during the first year after they were wed. What I like about this picture is how very I Love Lucy their clothing is, and how much like a model (that she was way too short to ever be) my mother stands. Having her two parents in the garment trade, she saw the whole universe through a filter of fashion. That she got my father to dress so spiffy mystifies me. He was never again the fashionable sort that this photograph makes him seem to be. Scan was made from a print. View full size.

Arlene: 1937

Arlene: 1937

My future mother, who was then seven years old, stands alone in a field to have her picture taken, probably during a family vacation at a Catskills New York resort. She had flame red hair as a child, and is wearing a dress with very odd sleeves.
Who took the picture is unknown. Scan was made from a print. View full size.

Marie in America: 1913

Marie in America: 1913

Marie was born in Lithuania on July 15, 1891. Her last name was pronounced Zah-COOB-en-zin, but when she came to the United States the officials translated the non-English alphabet on her papers to Jacobson. In this photo, taken in New York City soon after she arrived in the USA, she was 22 years old.

Marie was college educated before she left Lithuania and worked in the millinery trade until she married in 1923 at the (then considered) ripe old age of 32. She gave birth to my aunt Harriet in 1924 and my mother Arlene in late 1929.
She died at age 88 in March 1979. View full size.

Hewitt Family: 1907

Hewitt Family: 1907

Marcellus Washington Hewitt and family, circa 1907 Minot, North Dakota.

Hewitt Family: 1925

Hewitt Family: 1925

John Wesley Hewitt and daughter Dessie Hewitt, Minot, North Dakota circa 1925.

Fallen Arch: 1967

Fallen Arch: 1967

The "Canal Line" railroad, so-called, was constructed in 1847-8 from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts to replace the failed Farmington (later New Haven - Northampton) Canal, running over roughly the same course as the canal. The brownstone arch spans the Tenmile River in Cheshire, Connecticut. In 1987 Interstate 691 was built though this site and the bridge was replaced with a modern banality. Numerous railroads have owned the old line over the years and all rail traffic on this part of the line ceased very soon after its replacement. A rail-trail extension through this area is expected. I took this picture on June 4, 1967 when I was 16. Kodachrome, of course! View full size.

Every Little Girl Has to Make Like Shirley Temple in 1934

Every Little Girl Has to Make Like Shirley Temple in 1934

My future mother, then four years old, with her flame-red hair set in Shirley Temple curls, poses curtsey style in a party dress on the roof of her Brooklyn, New York apartment home. Whether the photographer whose shadow is at her feet, is her mother or father, I do not know. Scan was made from a print.

 
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