(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Looking at Photos

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I love this picture of four pretty ladies relaxing on the lawn, looking at photographs, eating bananas. Most likely it was in 1933, after Genevieve “Jean” Pucilowski married Stephen Mirota on August 26th.  I don’t know how long it would have taken to have the photos from the wedding developed, so it could also be from 1934.

Jean is in the middle looking towards the photographer.  Next to her on the right, also eating a banana, is her sister-in-law, Mary. On the other side of Jean is her other sister-in-law, Genevieve. The woman reclining could have been Jean’s sister.  This was taken in front of the Mirota farmhouse in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The actual picture is only 3″ by 5″. To enlarge it, click on the image.

Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt suggested by GeneaBloggers.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Today I’m celebrating some of the remarkable women in my family tree. Women’s History Month is celebrated in March, and since today is International Women’s Day I’m remembering some very important women – grandmothers and great-grandmothers of my beloved children – trailblazing, funny, smart, beautiful, and amazing ladies, one and all.

Mary Mirota Doran - taken in the late 1930s or early 1940s when she was a secretary.

Mary Mirota Doran – First generation Polish-American, this was taken in the late 1930s or early 1940s when she was a secretary in New Jersey, before marrying and raising a family. She was loved by all.

Zofia Sczcerba Mirota - As a young woman she left her native Poland to come to America and become a farmer's wife - 1937

Zofia Sczcerba Mirota – As a young woman she left Poland to come to America and become a farmer’s wife. She helped with running the farm, raising her four children to be self-reliant, and took in summer boarders to make some extra money. The farm didn’t have electricity under 1945. Taken in Readington Township, New Jersey – 1937

Evelyn Stewart Barnes - received a Masters in Nursing from Yale University - pictured here in her first uniform, November 1941.

Evelyn Stewart Barnes – Smart and hardworking, she received a Master in Nursing degree from Yale University.  She continued working as a nurse while a mother and grandmother, retiring at age 77. She’s pictured here in her first uniform – November 1941.

Maude Eisenberger Stewart - Taken about 1915 when she lived in York County, PA. She was known for her delicious Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and kindness to family, neighbors, and strangers.

Maude Eisenberger Stewart – Taken about 1915 when she lived in York County, PA. She was known for her delicious Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and her kindness to family, neighbors, and strangers in Kingston, New Jersey.

Helen Barnes came to New York City from Ireland as a young woman in search for a better life. She was introduced to her future husband because they shared the same surname. Photo circa 1910 ,from the Barnes family.

Helen Barnes came to New York City from Ireland as a young woman in search of a better life. She was introduced to her future husband because they shared the same surname. Photo circa 1910.

Mary Mahoney Doran - Born in Brooklyn, New York to Irish parents, After marrying a Belfast man, she raised eight children in Harrison, New Jersey during the Depression, by scrimping and saving, but always enjoyed spending some money on fun things like ice cream cones.

Mary Mahoney Doran – Born in Brooklyn, New York to Irish parents. After marrying a Belfast man, she raised eight children in Harrison, New Jersey during the Depression, by scrimping and saving, but she always enjoyed spending some money on fun things like going to the shore and buying ice cream cones.

International Women’s Day – 2015 Theme: Make it Happen! Hope you enjoy celebrating the women in your life, too!

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Mirota Sisters as George and Martha Washington – 1932

Mirota sisters as George and Martha Washington, 1932

Mirota sisters as George and Martha Washington, 1932

By George – it’s Washington’s Birthday! In this photo my sister recently sent me, Mary Mirota was dressed as George Washington, with her sister, Genevieve, dressed as Martha. The picture was taken at their farmhouse in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. They both were very handy with sewing machines, so most likely they made their own costumes.

I love when it turns out that my sister and I have similar photographs from years back. The version below is the copy that I have in my photo stash, with the caption showing the year of 1932.

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I have so much fun doing genealogy with my sister! Happy Sunday!

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