Pages from my grandfather's scrapbook. Germany to Peru. I found this moldering book in my father's things after his death. These photographs must be my grandfathers from the time he arrived in Peru in the early 1930s.
Pictured here is my grandfather and other ( immigrants to Peru -one of the pictures looks more Panama to me, but that could be travel to Peru).
On the second page pictured are my grandmother, looking fairly stylish and slim in the upper left hand corner of the second page; in the bottom left with my grandfather, and bottom right altogether with the enfant terrible (my paterfamilias). I am guessing these are in Chimbote, Peru, an industrial town in northern Peru, where my grandfather worked as an industrial engineer but I am not certain. .
It fascinates me to imagine this time in my grandfather's life, exploration and settlement in an alien country, a new family and the severing of ties to the old one. Forty years later he would find himself in another new world, the United States to receive treatment for his lung cancer in the house of his American daughter-in-law where despite an inability to speak English, he was known as a communicative and delightful companion who enjoyed his sojourn despite the severity of his situation. .
The third photograph is my mother and grandfather together on my maternal grandmother's backstoop outside Philadelphia. .
This is #PreciousStranger , in which I combine family archive and my own contemporary photographs of Peru to create a family album of a magical kingdom that never was but might be. For Instagram I am including more archival material and less of my own photography to share with you a deeper backstory than I elucidate in the book. If this speaks to you, please follow along as I retrace the mystery of my history.
As we enter the first weekend of Crazy Rich Asians (go see it!) and its all Asian cast, let’s also recall a time when Asian American actors worked in anonymity, uncelebrated and often uncredited.
A stock photo from the 1954 film, “Prisoner of War,” shows Edo Mita, an actor who during World War II was incarcerated under armed guard at a tubercular hospital in southern California. In this film, he was uncredited for his role as a Korean doctor. He appears with another young actor, Ronald Reagan.
In 1942, from his ward at the Hillcrest Sanitarium in La Crescenta, CA, Mita began writing his old friends from Los Angeles, Arthur Ishigo, an aspiring actor, and Estelle Ishigo, an artist, who lost their jobs after Pearl Harbor and were evicted to Pomona and then to Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Mita and the Ishigos corresponded throughout the war.
In a letter dated Aug. 16, 1942, Edo writes: “I was ‘evacuated’ to this sanatorium on May 8th. We are high on the foothills near Tujunga. This is a concentration point for Japanese tuberculars. There are about 160 of us here now. I never lived with so many Japanese in my life, let alone sick people....Seven of us died since I came up here. The life here is very colorful to say the least.” After the war, Estelle and Arthur, with no home to return to, landed in government-run trailer parks in southern California while Edo worked his way into the film world, appearing in films such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956), Hawaiian Eye (1959-1961) and Tokyo After Dark (1959). In the stock photo, Edo is shown between Dewey Martin (l) and Ronald Reagan.
Reagan, of course, became the U.S. president who 34 years later signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided for a presidential apology for the incarceration of 120,000 American Japanese and a $20,000 symbolic payment to survivors for immeasurable losses. ...The full story and more pages of the letter continues on our Facebook page...
Looking for a good place to spend your autumn holidays? Bad Gastein’s most beautiful hiking season is September & Oktober, don’t miss out! This postcard is from 1919 picturing lake Pochart (today’s lake Bockhart) on 1851m altitude #visitbadgastein#hausaugust
Sunday going through more #familyhistory handed to me to sort through my #heritage reading letters and imagining meeting my #ancestors . Really gotta document all the #vintagephotos and stories going back to the 16th century but barely keeping up with my current photos though... so yeah time I need more of you. #mygreatgrandad ‘s car and home. #Leawoodhall#Derbyshire .Amazing to think their faces are on instagram now .. an idea never in their reality.
Все города различны не только своей историей, архитектурой, атмосферой, но также и своим цветом. Как высказывался Джек Ричер в своём произведении «Выстрел»: «All cities are the same, and all cities are different. They all have colors.». У каждого города есть свой цвет, и каков же цвет Петербурга? Скорее всего все скажут, что это серый, ведь сколько было шуток и разговоров про «50 оттенков серого Санкт-Петербурга и тд», но для меня все-таки Петербург совершенно не ассоциируется с этим цветом. Сложно сказать, что города имеют только один свой цвет, фактически это целая палитра. Города не могут быть одинаковыми целый год, это невозможно. Петербург не останется серым в солнечный день, он приобретает яркие краски, фасады его зданий из тускло-серых привидений превращаются в благородных красочных рыцарей (не знаю, почему у меня именно такие ассоциации со зданиями этого города😅). И почему-то, солнечный Питер мне нравится даже намного больше, хотя его темная сторона мне тоже довольно интересна, в ней есть нотка загадочности. Скорей всего, это мнение у меня сформировалось от безумной любви к лету, тёплой погоды, солнца и голубого неба🙃. Лично для меня, Петербург имеет не 50 оттенков серого, а 50 оттенков прекрасного🤗. Так звучит гораздо лучше. И зачем гадать и придумывать единственный цвет городу, все это превращается в тупые стереотипы. Города все различны и уникальны, и не в большей мере по цветовой палитре, как по своей целостности. А Петербург особенный по-своему❤️.
70 years ago Henry and Martha gave birth to their 5th child Carl Henry living on Wilson Lane Utah. First picture his parents, 2nd his brother Herman in the car. Ron his younger brother riding bikes and eating watermelon. Happy birthday to my sweetheart and father of our 4 children. #vintagephotos#timeflies#married45years
Clara Lock (Parker) was born in Devon, England in 1864. Though her life was filled with hardships, she worked hard and pressed on. Her mother died of illness when Clara was 14, then 2 years later her father was killed in a tragic mine explosion.
Clara worked for wage, room, & board, in England’s upper and middle class, and eventually went to live with her “Aunt Polly.” It was while she lived here that she met her future husband, Thomas Parker.
Thanks to the kindness of others, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Ogden, UT. I love reading about her life, and love the fact that my husband’s middle name is Parker, as well as one of our grandson’s and a granddaughter. ❤️
FELIZ DÍA DE LA FOTOGRAFÍA A TODOS!
Hoy brindamos por algo magnífico e imprescindible para la historia de la humanidad.
La fotografía nos brinda la oportunidad de mostrar una realidad al resto, de recordar imágenes y congelar momentos para siempre.
Sin ella, puedo prometeros que, literalmente, mi vida carecería de sentido.
No estar más agradecida al destino por poder crear recuerdos de gente maravillosa.
Aquí os dejo algunas de las imágenes de mi vida, no pueden gustarme más cada vez que las veo.
Todos tenemos una foto que nos transportan a otro lugar, nos dan un olor, un calor, un beso, una arritmia cardíaca.