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.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Damaged 100-Year-Old Photo

Did someone take an ice pick to this photo? And who is the woman with the cut-out face?

Don’t know about an ice pick, but the woman is Dolores “Lola” Torres. And by all accounts, she was a gentle woman. This original photo handed down in the family can’t easily be Photoshopped, as too many facial features are missing. But family members know who she is.

She’s pictured here with her nephew (yes, he’s her nephew) Francisco Sanchez; her niece, Monica Sanchez, right; and her grandniece, Andreita Luna, left. It’s sort of an unusual family grouping representing three different generations. The photo was mounted on a postcard, but was not addressed to anyone.

The two adults pictured here had not yet found their future spouses. The older girl was born about 1903, and the younger girl was born in 1907, so this photo was taken about 1910.