The 1930s

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The 1930's were a decade of severe stress: the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the rise of Nazism. But it was also the end of Prohibition, the beginning of the change of land management (poor farm practices created the Dust Bowl), and the New Deal. It was a tough time through which to live but it was also the beginning of changes that lead to prosperity.

A photo of Carol and brother Murray Altmann riding their bikes in Manhattan NYC late 1930's. This is my mother (Carol Altmann Pinsky) on her bike with her brother, enjoying the streets of NYC. Somehow this picture was used for an ad that was one of those small inserts inside the subway trains at the time. My mother left NY in 1945 and went to St Paul, MN to make a life. She chose there because her sister Ruth Altmann had moved there. She lived there until 1970, when she moved to Los Angeles. She was a photographer, painter, poet, and writer. She was strong, fierce and a liberated woman from the moment she was born. Just like her own mother, Francis Saltzberg Altmann.
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Added Sep 21, 2015 by: Susan Pinsky
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A photo of Marjorie Jean Sibbitt aka Jean or Jeanne
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A photo of Alvah Wilbur Nason (1933 -2008)
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Jan 7, 1933 - Oct 2, 2008 1933 - 2008
Added Jul 1, 2015 by: Amy Rego
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Added May 24, 2015 by: N Hertel
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A photo of Augustus Callaghan
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1890 - Unknown 1890 - ?
Added May 10, 2015 by: Robin Knight
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A photo of Lockport, NY Locks and vintage vehicle: Written on the back of this photo say "FREDDY AND HIS NEW CAR 1933" John J. Rynkiewicz (JJRynk@hotmail.com)
Added Feb 11, 2015 by: John J. Rynkiewicz
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A photo of Vince Klem taken in Baltimore, MD in October 1938
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Sep 14, 1911 - Oct 15, 1994 1911 - 1994
Added Jan 16, 2015 by: Trixie Ryzlewicz
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A photo of Vivian Blied
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Oct 18, 1920 - December 1982 1920 - 1982
A photo of Myrtis Virginia M. (Estep-Crinley) Breuning, taken in 1939.
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Nov 8, 1905 - Jun 24, 1996 1905 - 1996
Added Sep 20, 2014 by: David Sox
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This is a photo of my dad, Sol Baum, age 10, with his older half-sister, Lilly Baum Broza, daughter of his mother (my grandmother) and her first husband. Lilly was born in Austria, I believe, and was left there with HER grandmother for a few years, while her mother (my grandmother, Fannie Apfelbaum), came to New York. There, Fannie met and married my grandfather Abraham (who also had been married before), They had one daughter, named after my great-grandmother, Devora. This little girl, Deborah, died at a young age. My middle name, Diane, is to honor her. (As her name, Deborah, was to honor Devora). My father was born a few years after Deborah died.
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Jul 26, 1921 - December 2000 1921 - 2000
Added Sep 17, 2015 by: Susan Schloss
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Katherine Frances (Matko) Nicolaus on her wedding day, June 6, 1936. Taken in Monessen, Pennsylvania, where she was married to Jacob G. Nicolaus Jr. She had three children whose names were David, James, and Catherine Nicolaus.
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Sep 26, 1916 - Dec 29, 1990 1916 - 1990
A photo of Harry Barnett, Lone Star Inn, Nettleton, Ar. Harry D. Barnett was born 27 Jan 1908 in McLeansboro, Il. He died 23 Oct 1962 in Toledo, Ohio. He married Laura P. Wrenn March 1928. They had two children: Connie Sue, and Ila J.
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Jan 27, 1908 - Oct 23, 1962 1908 - 1962
A photo what is likely Chico High School. Elizabeth Nourse Goodwin (1919-TBD) is next to the driver. Other names appear to be Jackson ?, Jim Day, Myrtle L?, Alcia ?, Herb B.?
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Sep 15, 1919 - Sep 14, 2015 1919 - 2015
Harry Worley, wife Etta O'Dell Worley holding their youngest child, Melvin Arlen Worley (born 1932), living on the street following a 6.3 earthquake in March 1933. Child and woman on the right are unknown, but no doubt friends of the Worley's.
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1918 - 1919 1918 - 1919
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A photo of Lidge Hunt
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Nov 12, 1901 - July 1977 1901 - 1977
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A photo of Elizabeth Janet Baldridge, abt 1932-33, Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY: My mother at age 3 or so, with her best bud at that time (I've forgotten the doggies name)! So cute! Her parents were Ernest and Hazel Risner Baldridge. She married James E. Nelson and they produced 5 little girls!
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c. 1929 - Unknown 1929 - ?
Added Apr 13, 2013 by: Sharon Nelson Nutt
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A photo of Elma (Bowman) Simmons (right) and her sister Mary (Bowman) Duncan, known to the family as "Aunt Mait".
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Sep 8, 1862 - Dec 20, 1943 1862 - 1943
Added May 12, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
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A photo of Richard Harry Kelly and his wife Edna in Reno, Nevada 1939
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January 1921 - 2003 1921 - 2003
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My grandmother Flora Alice Anderson (1906-1992) with my mother Mary Alice Anderson (my mother) and Byron Anderson
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Jul 28, 1934 - Dec 29, 2012 1934 - 2012
Added Jul 22, 2015 by: Jim Farrell
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This is a photo in my grandmother's collection. Is he related? Fannie Ethel (Chase) Davis born b 15 Oct 1885 Fulton Co, AR d 13 Nov 1960 Dade Co, FL m 18 Oct 1903 William Milton Davis b 10 Dec 1880 Denton Co, TX
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A photo of Oren and Irma Dorothy (Hanke) Hostetler at the wedding of Lillian Hanke to Clifford Gartley.
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Oct 6, 1901 - May 19, 1966 1901 - 1966
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A photo of the Unit of Benny Hafernik, Pre World War 2 in Texas
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Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Added May 15, 2015 by: James Vrazel
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A photo of Joyce (Benning) Kroetch. Although her first name was Marian, she always went by Joyce. She was such a cutie!
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Oct 11, 1930 - Sep 10, 2017 1930 - 2017
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A photo of Gene David Wolner
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Oct 28, 1931 - Feb 9, 2017 1931 - 2017
Added Nov 8, 2017 by: Patricia Walling
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Barbara Ann "Cooley" Seated in 1935-37?: Do you recognize these children...could they be other adoptees just as my Mother Barbara was. Her DOB is given as 10/21/1931 (?) Not positive this is true. Locations would be PA, WV or Ohio. Looking for Birth Family! Thank you, Suzan, Barbara's daughter. Update: The boy in the back is Robert Hitchens from Wheeling, WV. His Uncle Herbert M Cooley adopted my mother Barbara. He does not remember the other children in the photo.
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c. Oct 21, 1931 - Unknown 1931 - ?
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Gale Sondergaard was initially cast to play the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in MGM's famous film the Wizard of Oz (1939). Gale changed her mind about the role after MGM decided the Wicked Witch of the West should be evil and ugly as opposed to the glamorous villainess Gale thought she would play (as seen in this photo). Gale was afraid that playing an ugly role would forever hurt her career. Of course Margaret Hamilton would end up playing the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in MGM's classic movie. Every time I see this photo I wonder how different the film might have been.
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Feb 15, 1899 - Aug 14, 1985 1899 - 1985
A photo of Erma Grace Szabo, daughter to Walter and Rose Galgoczi, on her wedding day at St. Stephen's Church in South Bend, Indiana. May 05, 1934.
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May 11, 1915 - Unknown 1915 - ?
Added Mar 2, 2002 by: Nadine Hardin
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A photo of an Ostrich Wagon Ride - McMichael Family Vacation
Added Oct 20, 2018 by: Zoobin Zales
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A photo of Grandma and Grandpa Ruth and Oliver Wolner
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Sep 11, 1907 - Sep 13, 1993 1907 - 1993
Added Nov 8, 2017 by: Patricia Walling
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