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Dolls That Did Something

Dolls That Did Something

The fresh faced kid with the Christmas glow in her eyes is me.  It was Christmas morning 1967. Each year Santa gave me a doll.  But, not just any doll.  I only wanted dolls that did something. This doll is Tippy Toes.  She could ride a bicycle, scoot on her horse, and she was learning to walk.  What a doll! (Submitted to Smile for the Camera, 19th Edition: Gifts)

One of the Women in the Signal Corp

One of the Women in the Signal Corp

It’s the 21st Edition of Smile for the Camera.  In honor of Women’s History Month, this edition is called “Give their Face a Place” and focuses on the unsung female heroes in our tree.  May I present Tante Marie, my Great Aunt, Marie Lassalle, who served in the Signal Corp. in WWI. Marie, mostly known as Tante Marie, was born in Ogeu les bains, France, in 1891.  She came to America ca 1908. Marie signed up for the U.S. Army…

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Laundry Delivery, Ma’am

Laundry Delivery, Ma’am

My Great Grandparents, Charles and Brigitte (Breilh) Mazeres were in the laundry business.  They first ran French laundries in San Francisco, then Modesto, and finally ended up in Oakland, Alameda County, California, around 1910. This photograph was taken around 1915.  The dapper gent is my Great Grandfather, Charles Mazeres dit Salanave.  He is standing in front of the Tenth Avenue French Laundry horse and carriage.  This is how he traveled the Oakland area  delivering laundry to their customers and promoting…

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Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

Much of what my Grandma Shellabarger told me about her family turned out to be myth or exaggeration. She got one thing right.  One of her ancestors owned boarding houses in San Francisco.  That ancestor was my Great Great Great Grandfather, Martin Kelly. Martin was born sometime around 1820 in County Roscommon, Ireland.  I’m not sure when he came to America, whether he was a child or an adult, single or married.  I pick him up in New Hampshire in…

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Wedding Belles: Beyond the Ceremony

Wedding Belles: Beyond the Ceremony

I have seen some beautiful wedding photographs from the turn of the century.  This photograph of Wilma Larcher and Alfred Souza married in Oakland, California, in 1939 is a prime example. But, I’ve often wondered what the special day was like without the photographers and the poses. A couple of years ago, a cousin sent me these three photographs taken from his parents wedding.  They are the same couple as above. These are the first photographs I’ve seen that show…

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