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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

The Kids 1897

The Kids 1897

My grandfather and the other Tyler kids, said to be taken 1897 or '98 (but probably about 1905) in Keene, NH. Clockwise, from front: Lucie, Grace, Fred (later, F. Harold), Charles, and Leo. Grace never married and Leo had no children. Lucie died in childhood.

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America.

The Kids 1952

The Kids 1952

The Tyler kids about twenty years later... Marjorie (Tyler) Craven, Harriet (Tyler) Miller, their father, F. Harold Tyler, their mother, Florence (Carpenter) Tyler, Ruby (Carriker) Tyler, and her husband, Albert Tyler.

Those little guys in the front? That's me, staring into space, and my cousin Mike Tyler, shrugging off his mom's hands.

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

The Kids 1931

The Kids 1931

My great grandparents, Frank D.W. Carpenter and Martha Harriet (Britton) Carpenter are in front. Behind are grandson John C. Perry (son of Mabel C. Perry), grandson Albert C. Tyler, his sister, Harriet Emma Tyler, their mother, Florence (Carpenter) Tyler, and her youngest daughter, Marjorie. (Surry, NH, 1931)

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

Scranton War Workers

Scranton War Workers

Making submarine nets for Hazard Wire and Rope, during the war (unsure of the exact year). The ladies were allowed to work just four hours a day due to the harsh conditions. My grandmother Veronica Turchin (nee Oroski) is front row, far left.

Ruins of the Economy

Ruins of the Economy

Real-photo postcard of a disaster in an unidentified location.

Now, speaking for the other side...

Now, speaking for the other side...

Since the Brittons, Carpenters, and Tylers have already made their appearances in the Shorpy Blog, I thought I'd better post something from my father's side of the family. So here's Dad, about age 3 in 1922, with his parents, Steve and Elsie (Peiser) Miller. They all look pretty dubious of the photographer's abilities, don't they?

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

The Photographer and His Wife

The Photographer and His Wife

This is Fred Carpenter, who usually was on the other side of the camera, with his wife, Nell. Since this is a Real Photo Post Card, I'll let Aunt Nell tell the story:

"Dec 8, 1940

"Dear Florence & all -

"This was taken the 18th of May 1939 our 30th wedding day. How are you all I hope fine and I hope the children are all well....

"I have shortened a few coats for friends this winter also dresses. I'm hooking a rug. have the border most done. haven't done one before for a long time. You can paint this card if you'd like to. put some hair on for Fred for he has some. Write when you can. I'm going to use this for Xmas card. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
"Nell & Fred"

(Florence Carpenter Tyler was my grandmother and a younger sister to Fred.)

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

 
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