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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


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:

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


The double exposure clock is viewable in its full glory on the next picture here: .

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.


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]


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

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