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Vintage photos of:
My great-grandmother Zelma Josephine Rudes. As you might guess from this photo, she was quite a character. It's quite difficult to track down information about her because she went by several different names. Jo, Josephine, Zelma, Mary (?)...just whatever she felt like calling herself... I think we would have gotten along well.
Another from my collection. The image is small (about 1.5 x 1) and has been glued onto a dark olive green cardboard faux frame with gold leaf edging running the border of the image. On the back is printed "WINNER'S Penny Pictures 1520 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City." This was probably taken on a whim at a penny photo studio on the boardwalk on a fun filled sunny afternoon by the shore. I love the happy expression on her face, as if she's about to laugh out loud any second. The hat is pretty wild too.