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Mystery Ladies, Part One

Here are some beautiful mystery friends of my great-grandparents, Leo and Margaret Lessiack.

Earlier, I published the mystery children’s portraits I found among their things, and later there will be some mystery men’s portraits, along with a few group shots. Some of these picture are from Hamburg, where Leo grew up, but a few are from New York and New Jersey, where Leo arrived as a young man of 21 in 1912, and where he and Margaret settled. The quality of the images is so exquisite — the paper is creamy, they’re mounted on durable (and seemingly acid-free) board, and they look as if they haven’t faded at all.

People, may I present to you… the mystery ladies.

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Although the message is written in German, the photograph is signed E. Hocffle, Bogota NJ (where my great-grandparents lived). I tried running the words in the message through Google Translate but didn’t get anything meaningful. Any German speakers out there who can help?

Ladies 2

This beauty was definitely photographed in Hamburg by the Willy Wilcke studio. Date unknown.

Ladies 3

Here’s another image of the same lovely young woman. Based on the clothing, I assume that this image was taken on the same day as the previous image.

Ladies 4

This image is also from Hamburg, but by Atelier Ideal. The writing on the back indicates that it was taken in 1914. I can’t make out the rest of the handwriting, unfortunately. Can any of you, readers?

Ladies 5

"Xmas 1923 To Gretie - With Love, Eleanor"

This sultry Miss was photographed in New York by the Sarony Inc. studio. The message on the back says “Xmas 1923 to Gretie – With Love, Eleanor.” I suspect that Gretie is actually my great-grandmother, Margaret Spielmann Lessiack.

Ladies 7

Here is the studio mark on the folder in which the image above was stored.

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“Lest you forget me. With all my love, Minna.” There was no studio mark on this image, so I don’t know where or when it was taken. She is wearing quite an elaborate costume, isn’t she?

More mysterious ladies to come. Stay tuned.

 

2 comments on “Mystery Ladies, Part One

  1. Pingback: Mystery Ladies, Part Deux | The People of Pancho

  2. Pingback: Lissy, Another Mystery Friend | The People of Pancho

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