Mrs. Carolyn Knowland Hyde is on the right looking down. Taken at the New York World’s Fair, circa 1939. Photograph copyright by Genealogy Sisters, 2014.
In this photograph from about 1939, Mrs. Carolyn Hyde is on the right. With here are her daughter, Carolyne, and also her grandson, Bill. The man holding the coat could possibly be Melville Hanna Haskell, Carolyne’s second husband. Whenever my family and I look at our old photographs our constant refrain is, “Who are these people?” Little by little we are solving some of our mystery “unknown” pictures. Earlier, I posted another photo from the day above, and explained how Mary Mirota had worked for Mrs. Hyde as a private secretary. I received some very interesting information on the Hyde family from two readers, Dede and Woollcott, and I want to extend my thanks!
The photo mystery below is stamped on the back, February 24, 1939, so it was taken around the time of the World’s Fair picture. The horse and rider look to be ready for a formal event.
We also have a sequence of photographs that show a baby named Carol. Although Mary worked as a mother’s helper in the 1930s for the Lydecker family, the women and baby are not from that family. Possibly Mary worked for, or with, these ladies since they aren’t in any other family pictures.
“June – 1944. Carol age – 8 months.” Carol is held by Mary Mirota.
July 2, 1944 – Mary Mirota is holding baby Carol. The other woman is unknown.
July 2, 1944. Carol is being held by an unknown woman.
Carol is shown below as a cute toddler riding her tricycle, in October of 1945.
“Carol, at the age of two. Taken in our back yard.”
Mary Mirota is second from the left, next to her friend, Agnes – June 25, 1944 – Sunday.
June 25, 1944 – Sunday – Taken by Mary Mirota.
The last two pictures above could have been taken in Mary Mirota’s home town of Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. My family is quite sure that the lady in the center in the black dress was Mary’s friend, Mary Szurick Mazur. Her other friend, Agnes, would later marry Mary’s brother, Mike Szurick. But who are all the other people?
Any help with solving these photo mysteries will be very much appreciated. If you want to send a private message, please use the Genealogy Sisters Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GenealogySisters and I will answer you there. As always, good luck with your family research!