Breaking Through the Brickwall

There were two very surprising finds in the package of photos.  1)  A photo of my great-great-grandmother, Sophia (?) Spiegel. Her maiden name is unknown (or is it?) Picture was taken in Savannah c. 1870 2) And what appears to be a photo of Sophia’s father! What I know about Sophia is that according to the US Census of 1870 Sophia’s birthplace was New York … Continue reading Breaking Through the Brickwall

Helen Spiegel Dobbs (1872-1954)

The back of this photo is marked “Helen S. Dobbs – Mexico City”. She was my great-grandmother. There is no date; however, I believe that this photo was taken in the first decade of the 20th century. During that time my great-grandfather was still working for the U.S. Foreign Service. He spoke fluent Spanish and he specialized in Latin America. In the 1890s he was … Continue reading Helen Spiegel Dobbs (1872-1954)

A Postcard From the Past

I have seen this postcard before, but without anything written on it.This photo is of my grandfather, James Monroe Dobbs, Jr. when he was about 4 years old. The date on the card is August 1905 – that would make him 3 1/2. The inscription reads: “Dear Grandma: This is my last photo out gunning. Your loving grandson, Monroe” This obviously was not written by … Continue reading A Postcard From the Past