At Play In The Archive
I don’t know who LS was, but when he came to town with his dog, exciting things happened for the Spielmann girls.
Great-grandmother Margaret received this postcard from LS in January of 1909.
Later, in August of 1910, LS accompanied Hilda and Lillian to Coney Island, where they sat for studio pictures to send to the folks back home. It seems like Margaret didn’t get to go on this trip, but she did get a postcard.
Here’s another postcard from the same trip. I don’t know who Gretchen Spellman is — if you do, please, oh please, leave a comment. She was apparently staying (or living?) at the same address as great-grandmother Margaret in August of 1910.
LS also staged exciting adventures for Margaret and Hilda at Mount Beacon. (Here is some modern-day information about the place. How I love the Internet.)
Hilda obviously forgave him for the hold up.
But, then great-grandmother Margaret took a crack at the villain.
Based on Hilda’s dress, this picture could be from the same trip.
I imagine that LS was an uncle, or maybe he was a family friend who acted like the best sort of uncle. In any case, my great-grandmother Margaret carefully saved artifacts of good times with him. I wish I knew more about him.
(I would also like to point out that Pharrell Williams has nothing on LS, style-wise. The Happy song seems very appropriate, though.)
If you know anything about this fun guy, please, please, please leave a comment.