More About Ernst
I came across a few more images of my great-grand-uncle Ernst Spielmann (later changed to Spellman), born on October 27, 1893 in Vienna, Austria. He was two years younger than my great-grandmother Margaret, and her nearest sibling. I believe he came to the United States on the S.S. Trave along with Herman, Fanny, Margaret, and Hilda in 1897, when he was just four years old.
Here he is at Coney Island in 1910. I think he looks young for 17.
Coney Island, 1910. Photographer unknown.
Date and photographer unknown. The back of photo says, “Kindly give this picture to Spellman,” which I assume is a message from the unknown boy on the right.
There are several images that include the boy on the right, but I have no idea who he is. I have the impression that the Spielmann family really enjoyed dogs, because there are many pictures containing various dogs. Date and photographer unknown.
Yet another dog. Date and photographer unknown. Ernst is on the far left, wearing the snappy hat.
Date and photographer unknown. Ernst in the center. These ladies also appear in other images, but I don’t know who they are.
Ernst with the same boy pictured above. Date and photographer unknown.
Ernst and the same boy and woman pictured above. The boys are very gallant, apparently carrying her through the mud. I would totally wear those cute shoes.
Ernst and an unknown sweetheart. Could this be Matilda, the woman Ernst eventually married?
Great-grandmother Margaret, Ernst, and Lillian Spielmann, along with some unidentified friends (including Ernst’s sweetheart pictured above, with arm around Lillian). The year is 1919, and based on context, I think the photographer might have been my great-grandfather Leo Lessiack.
Finally, here is one more picture of Ernst in uniform, circa WWI. In this one, he’s wearing the standard-issue brimmed hat rather than the “overseas cap” he wears here, which suggests that he was still stateside when this picture was taken (plus, there’s an American flag in the background).
Ernst in his army uniform, date and photographer unknown.
If you can help solve any of the mysteries in these pictures, please do leave a comment. Coming up: several postcards from Ernst to the folks back home. Stay tuned!
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