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Classic Photo: First Child, 1952

Audrey Riis Gustafsson and daughter Bonnie, Floral Park, New York, 1952.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: New Winter Outfit, c1914

Ida M. Adams, Sag Harbor, New York, c1914.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Break Time, 1907

Hans Christian Riis’ brother, Andrew (nee Andreas) Jensen Riis (1869-1936), owned a home construction company at 117th Street and Railroad Avenue (now Babbage Street) in Richmond Hill, New York. Here, some of Andrew’s employees take a break to pose for a photograph in 1907.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Neighborhood Gathering, c1908

From top: Helene Andersen Riis, Thor Riis, Hans C. Riis, Alfred Riis.

From top: Helene Andersen Riis, Thor Riis, Hans C. Riis, Alfred Riis.

The circumstances of this photo are unknown, but it appears to be summer (clothing, baseball bats) and, except for Hans C. Riis and his wife and children, I can identify no other relatives. My guess is that it’s a gathering of Queens neighbors for some special occasion (Fourth of July, perhaps?) in about 1908, judging by the ages of Thor (born 1904) and Alfred (born 1902).

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Family Gathering, 1929

Although the occasion is lost to time, the Riises and Andersens were gathered together in Queens Village in 1929 when this fantastic photograph was taken.

Pictured (left to right): Hans C. Riis, Helene Andersen Riis, Alva Lundquist Riis, Clifford A. Riis, Hans J. Andersen, Helene E. Riis (holding cat), Robert T. Riis, Warren A. Riis (infant), Ida Adams Riis, [Ane] Marie Andersen Gudmundsson, Ingvar Gudmundsson, Thor C. Riis. Not pictured: Alfred Riis, taking the photograph.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Nā Pali Coast, 2012

August 6, 2012: Two days after Megan’s and Mark’s wedding, the extended Cherry and Gmelin clans and a contingent of close friends gathered in Port Allen, Hawaii, for a boat tour of Kauai’s rugged and beautiful Nā Pali coast. Festive company and some of the world’s most spectacular scenery made a day to be remembered always.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Mother and Son, c1850

gmelin and mom

Portrait of my great-great-grandfather, Paul Heinrich Albert Gmelin AKA Albert Gmelin (1842-1903), with his mother, Christiane Luise Keppler Gmelin (1805-1867), c1850. At age 25, Albert left his native Pfullingen, Württemberg, arriving in New York on June 5, 1867. The first news he would have had from home was that his mother had died on June 2.

 
 
 
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