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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Great Grandmother

Great Grandmother

Amanda Farrow Bruce 1930. Hard to see her clay pipe, but tobacco pouch is visible in her lap.

Clarence Bell

Clarence Bell

My great-uncle Clarence Bell, ready for work in Grendel Mill at Greenwood, S.C.

Great-Grampa Heidenrich

Great-Grampa Heidenrich

This photo includes my great grandfather, in Austria. Although we don't know for sure which he is, my cousin and I agree on our guess. Look how young some of these "soldiers" are.

Class Photo

Class Photo

One of my favorite images from my collection. I'm guessing it to have been taken between 1890 and 1910 based upon the style of clothing. I'm assuming that this is a class photo taken right outside of the school.

All I know is that it was more than likely taken somewhere in New Jersey. One of the children (the girl with the somewhat severe haircut in the gray overcoat with the white collar to the lower left of the teacher) appears in other photos in the collection I was given with an older boy, most likely her brother. Oddly enough, the photos of her seem to stop at around the age of 10 or so, where photos of the boy take him into adulthood. Perhaps she died at an early age.

I find it fascinating that a classroom from over 100 years ago is so racially diverse. More likely than not, the majority of these children are from immigrant parents from around the globe and may themselves be first generation born in this country. I find this photo rather historic on that level.

Shoeshine

Shoeshine

My father in Havana, Cuba, around 1940. He's on the far left.

Grandmother Antonia Domeneche

Grandmother Antonia Domeneche

The only surviving photo of my paternal grandmother taken in the early 1920's in Havana, Cuba.

My Namesake

My Namesake

My great-great-grandfather Hutcheson, my namesake, in the early 1950s with my great-aunt. He came to America from Scotland in 1882. Worked and lived in Chicago putting on slate roofs in the Highland Park area. He was a proud member of the Freemasons. Note how dignified he was.

 
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