Jim Doran and his two brothers-in-law, Joe and Steve Mirota, are carefully scrutinizing their cards as they engage in a friendly game of Pinochle. They don't even seem to notice they are having their picture taken. Back in the 1950s when family got together, the men often regrouped at the dinner table to play Pinochle or some other card … Continue reading Okay, who’s going to bid first?
Mary Van Pelt Smith’s Sampler
Mary Van Pelt Smith (1832-1895) made this embroidery sampler during her childhood at her father's farm in the Castleton area of Staten Island. She was the daughter of Jeremiah Smith of Long Island and Sarah Van Pelt of Staten Island. This sampler has been passed down in the family over 5 generations. I can't help … Continue reading Mary Van Pelt Smith’s Sampler
Two Photographers of Hudson New York
Cornelia Hanson Taylor was 52 years old when she posed for this photograph on March 11, 1882. Noted on the back of the photo, in at least three different handwriting styles, is her name, her husband's name, the exact date, the surname of the photographer and the location. Cornelia was 8 years younger than her … Continue reading Two Photographers of Hudson New York