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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Moon Shots


These animated crescent moons must have been studio backdrops at some Albuquerque location in the early 1900s. And our relatives apparently were drawn to them. Does anybody know the story behind these photos?

Here’s what we DO know.

In the first photo, sisters Domitila Sanchez Torres (seated at left) and Dolores, or Lola (standing) are joined by someone we THINK is their sister-in-law Andrellita – the wife of Ignacio Torres. The photo was taken long before Domitila was widowed and moved to California and before Lola married Vivian Stapleton. Andrellita became their sister-in-law in 1906.

In the second photo, José Torres (seated in the middle) is joined by his nephews Francisco Sanchez (left) and Victoriano Sanchez (right). This photo probably was taken when they all were still bachelors. Francisco and José both married in 1912, and Victoriano married in 1916. All three married Albuquerque girls. The second photo was photographed in black-and-white with a 35mm camera many years ago. The original MAY have been sepia tone, like the first photo.

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