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Original Format

Paper album page; two photo prints; folded paper Easter card

Original Size

Album page: 12.7 x 9.7 in


Paper album page with empty photo corners indicating up to four missing photos.

Inscribed in cursive handwriting in ballpoint ink: Lower left: "Josephie Bessel"; center: "Sister in Law Mrs. Lilla McKnight Brown"; right: "Edna Terrell"

Below page, left: wallet-size studio photo of woman and man standing together, man's arm around the woman's shoulders; right: color snapshot of woman in a blue sleeveless dress, sitting on a sofa beneath a landscape painting and before a vase of roses

At bottom, below photos: card opened to inscription (in cursive handwriting): "My dear Lucille," (printed on card) "Wishing you many blessings as Easter comes anew--May it be a time of special joy for those you love and you"; (handwritten) "Mrs. Spagna (and her son)"


All dates (unless specified in inscription) are approximate.

Many of the individuals depicted in these photographs remain unknown. Oregon Black Pioneers appreciates and welcomes information from the public which could help identify the subjects of this collection.


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