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And Baby Makes Three: 1940

And Baby Makes Three: 1940

August 1940. "Family in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Parlor organ

Looks to me like a Mason & Hamlin reed organ from the 1890s. Or something very similar.

Holy Family

No matter which painting of the theme I look at it, and no matter which trio of mother and father and baby I see in real life, every time I look at the painted version of the Holy Family, I think of your basic young family with a single infant, and vice versa.

Re: Catholic families

Actually, the photo is of a young girl, most likely the woman pictured, in her First Communion dress. Catholics receive First Communion about the age of 7. Confirmation is a separate sacrament, received in the teen years, after a two-year instruction period.

Palm Sunday

I like the Easter season because it’s spring and the time of my own son’s birth and the holiday makes people happy. The weekend before, I’ve always taken pleasure in spotting people in the streets with palm fronds from the church service for Palm Sunday. It was a definite mark of our current virus crisis that I saw no palm fronds this past Sunday. And when I asked an RC friend how she takes the Sacrament without actually going to church, she told me that the remote version of it must now suffice: it takes place in your heart.

Happy Easter to everyone in these strange and challenging times!

Catholic families

often will display a palm frond received at mass on Palm Sunday. They are collected and burned the following year for Ash Wednesday to mark the faithful. Additionally, one photo displayed on the organ looks like a lady who has just received the sacrament of confirmation judging by her approximate age, veil and white dress.

The Wreck of Old Number Nine

On a cold winter's night, not a star was in sight --


Looks like a dried palm frond between the organ and the back wall. Also someone dropped a pencil to the floor. It's behind the stool.

[Also a match on the mat. - Dave]

They could have burned the place down.

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