Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features jazz singer Billie Holiday with her beloved dog “Mister.” Like many animal lovers, Billie Holiday liked her dogs better than she did some people. The sheer number of photos of poodles in my collection makes me wonder if my great-grandmother’s sister was such a person too.
Anyone who reads my blog faithfully is well aware of my struggle to identify one particular family who lived in New York in the early 1900s. Picture after picture identifies the children and ONE of the poodles, but none of them name the woman who is likely my great-grandaunt.
Just this week, I found another clue in the form of this photo found in a box of "stuff" recently given to me.
|Woman and poodle 1915|
Likely a sister to Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh
|John Jr. and Cutie 1918|
This new-found picture, however, has some more clues on the back.
What does this say? Salma Moss? Is that her name?
Or is it Salma, Mass? Salma, Massachusetts? However, there does not seem to be a town in Massachusetts called Salma. Is it a dyslexic spelling for Salem? Salem, Massachusetts? I still don’t know the identity of this family, but this photo gives me someplace else to look besides New York.
And what is that other word? Cuucy? Anny? Is that the dog’s name? “Cuucy” sounds a lot like “Cutie.”
Could the dogs be related too?
|Cutie and Unknown Companion|
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