Tag Archives: Pennsylvania

Hand Sewing, 1942

In honor of Black History Month, I’m seeking out photos of older black women.  This beautiful portrait of a woman doing hand sewing has been on my radar for a long time.  It is one of a series of photos … Continue reading

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Who Was Mrs. Ralston?

If you have ever looked at issues of Ladies Home Journal in the early twentieth century, you probably have come across articles by one Mrs. Ralston.  She gave advice on current fashion trends for all age groups and answered questions … Continue reading

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Women Voting, 1944

This imaginative photograph comes from the 1944 presidential election. Voting took place as American troops were still fighting in Europe and Asia. Sitting President Franklin D. Roosevelt won 81% of the popular vote.  Such a landslide is unthinkable in today’s … Continue reading

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Maggie Kuhn–Fierce

When Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995) was forced to retire once she turned sixty-five, her coworkers gave her a sewing machine.  They had seriously misjudged her retirement plans.  Kuhn had worked as an organizer all her life, first developing programs for working … Continue reading

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Italian Mothers Club of Philadelphia at the New York World’s Fair

The dome and sphere that you see in the background of this photograph are the two most important symbols of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, so famous that they even got their own stamp.  The New York Public Library … Continue reading

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Bold Prints in the 1920s

“White bun, black and white” it reads on the back of this photo, which identifies the woman as Miss Margaret Sweeney from Freeland, Pennsylvania. Was the photographer perhaps trying to record how colors were rendered on black and white film? … Continue reading

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Mother in the Middle, 1930

Although I am hardly an expert in family photography, I have come to recognize a common compositional element—the oldest woman in the picture often ends up in the center.  In this case, the composition makes sense because the Hawkins and … Continue reading

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Czech Emigres in Pennsylvania

The women in this photo, the grandmother and great aunt of my college roommate, were émigrés from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) at the end of the nineteenth century.  My friend Beth believes the photo was taken in the 1940s; … Continue reading

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Bridget McGoff, 1937

Here is a cheerful granny in real life, Bridget McGoff, the grandmother of my friend Chris.  Born in Ireland in 1857, she immigrated to the US in 1880 and lived most of her life in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She not only … Continue reading

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