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Category Archives: Classic Photos

Classic Photo: Doll Collection, c1939

My mother, Marilyn Matthews, and her dolls, Queens, NY, c1939. What I like best about this photo is not as obvious as a laughing girl and her doll collection. Look closely and you’ll see there’s one doll perched on the back of my mother’s neck. That’s what Mom thinks is so funny. That’s definitely my grandfather’s sense of humor.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Cousins, 1950

The blurred focus does little to harm the candlelit warmth of this photo of three cousins – Karen Lefgren, Judy Henken and Betty Jane Riis – from June 1950.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Favorite Doll, c1945


Marilyn Lois Matthews, Cambria Heights, NY, c1945.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Wedding, 1928


My grandparents, Leander Leonard Matthews and Antoinette Beatrice Gmelin, were married in New York City on September 9, 1928. The bride’s brother, Robert Howard Gmelin, stand left of center; his wife, Agnes Brosnan Gmelin, is seated left of center.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Defending Freedom, 2011


Sgt. Matthew Mediatore, Afghanistan, 2011

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Family Outing, c1917

Tillie, Robert H., Adolph and Antoinette Gmelin, New York, NY, c1917

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Three Sailors, 1964

navy copy

After Dad served in the USAAF in World War II he enlisted in the Naval Reserve. Jim and I  were thrilled to have miniature uniforms that matched his. Clockwise from top: Robert Riis, James Riis, Richard Riis; Massapequa Park, NY, 1964.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Christmas 1926

Christmas 1926

Robert Riis was only two months old on Christmas 1926 but Santa Claus didn’t miss a thing for Thor and Ida Adams Riis’ first child. My favorite: the tiny bunny slippers up front.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Father’s Day 1961

Dad and cousins

My father, Robert Riis, poses with his own children, his nieces and nephew, all dressed in their holiday best, on Father’s Day 1961. Children, from left to right: Bruce Kavenagh, Jane Kavenagh, James Riis, Richard Riis, Lisa Riis.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Brothers Meet, 1966

Another great photo by Dad: Richard Riis meets brother Gary Riis for the first time, Smithtown, NY, September 1966.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Classic Photos

 
 
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