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Daughter Bear: 1937

Daughter Bear: 1937

December 1937. "Daughter of Marvin 'Cub' Ryman, 94-year-old resident of Bear Hill, Garrett County, Maryland." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Nicely Lit Photo

Does anyone here know what type of camera that Rothstein was using at this time? Could it have been one of those old Speed Graphics that you saw in the movies?

[This 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch negative was likely shot with a Speed Graphic. -tterrace]

Hazel Hetrick

Marvin Ryman is listed in the 1940 Census as being 95 and still living in Garrett, Maryland, with his son-in-law Harold Hetrick, daughter Hazel Hetrick (23 in 1940 according to the census, so 20 in this photo) and grandson Glen (only 1, so just a gleam in the young couple's eyes).

Gentlemen and Ladies, I present to you Hazel Ryman Hetrick, approximately 20 years old (according to the US Census). I'm not convinced that's her actual age, but it's close.

Poor Harold died in 1969; his death certificate is fairly plain. Hazel appears to have died in 1976.

[The census record I found lists Hazel Ryman Hetrick as being 27 in 1940. She and Harold had a daughter, Helena, born in 1934. - Dave]

Go Marvin!

Unless there's a caption typo or a paternity misrepresentation, I'm guessing that ol' Cub was in his early-to-mid seventies when he welcomed this bundle of joy into the world, at which time he had exceeded U.S. life expectancy by almost two decades! Dang.

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