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The Commandments: 1940

The Commandments: 1940

August 1940. "One of the children of John Yeuser [Yenser] of Mauch Chunk, a coal mining town in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

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Familiar Surrounds

My grandparents had the same 'Our Father' picture over the kitchen table -- complete with the Ten Commandments -- as well as the oil lamp on a near-identical runner. Takes me instantly back to being 7 years old! Haunting ...

That (Victor?) phonograph isn't playing anything, as the needle's not down and the doors aren't open. The knob at top right of the device was a leveler, keeping the platter on an even keel so the 78 RPM recording spun at a consistent rate.

Colorized Portrait

Focusing on the girl's face.

Questions answered

Victrola

That was an old machine when this photo was taken - at least 16 years old and possibly a decade or so more than that. It is either the Victrola VV-IV ("Victrola 4") or VV-VI ("Victrola 6") which were made from 1911 to 1924. Befitting the humble surroundings, these were Victor's cheapest models (lacking a lid, for example), and were quite popular.

You can hear one of them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0MOOMuapoY

Unfortunately, she died young..

She was Anna Mae Yenser of Mauch Chunk (later Jim Thorpe) PA. Born: Jul 25, 1929 Died: Feb 3, 1981 Age 51

Clock

The double exposure clock is viewable in its full glory on the next picture here: https://www.shorpy.com/node/24017?size=_original#caption .

Yeuser friendly

Who's the pretty girl with the Mona Lisa smile? I wonder what she is listening to in the now that was 78 years ago. Shorpy webmasters, I love how you bend time.

A Puzzlement

I see the Lord's Prayer, but not the Commandments.

[Look harder. - Dave]

Another dimension of time

Well-placed double exposure! And I'm sure a vintage film expert Shorpian could even tell us what causes the shape of the horizontal line with a curve in the middle. Bottom edge of the last exposure on the film roll? I'm just guessing. I know nothing about it.

A Great Pennsylvania Smile

On a beautiful young lady. House will be nice and toasty with the anthracite coal heat from that area.

Prim and proper

from the little girl to the furnishings.

5:45

I'm trying to make sense of the clock face on the window shade. I assume it's an optical illusion but I can't figure it out.

[Double exposure! - Dave]

Puzzled

Color me clueless. Why does it appear there's a clock on the roller shade?

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