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Classic Photo: Mystery Girl, c1890

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One of the happiest moments in doing genealogical research is finding a photograph of a never-before-seen ancestor, while one of the unhappiest comes in possessing an old family photograph that can’t be identified. This pretty young girl in a fancy hat was discovered among a cache of family photos. Sadly, all we know now is that the photograph was taken in Manhattan, most likely between 1885 and 1900. She appears to be about 12. But who is she? The first rule of preserving family photos for future generations: write the names of the people in the photo on the back.

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Watching “The Jetsons”, 1963

(L-R) James Riis, Lisa Riis, Richard Riis, Massapequa Park, NY, February 1963.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Classic Photos

 

Classic Photo: Bride, 1963


Judith Henken Mediatore, April 20, 1963.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in 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

 
 
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