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  • Mar2

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    My grandmother Marie Simanek emigrated from Predmir, Czechoslovakia to New York in 1922, then returned home in 1926 to ask permission to marry my grandfather Joseph Vanac.

    In this photo she is returning to New York – with approval to marry! (She is the upper left-most woman in the rear. Click on the photo for a larger image.)
    It was taken in September, 1926 on the S.S. George Washington.

    Group Photo - SS George Washington, circa 1926

    The photo as a whole is one of my favorites, but the ladies at the bottom are my favorite favorite.

    Group Photo Crop - SS George Washington, circa 1926

  • Jan26

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    Uncle Joe - St. Mark's Basilica PhotoWhile scanning our family photos, I always kind of wondered where this one was taken. On the right is my Great-Uncle Josef Simanek, and he is standing with a woman in front of a beautiful building.

    The family came from a village in Czechoslovakia and I believe he later lived in Prague, so I always assumed it was something from that city.

    Uncle Joe - St. Mark's Basilica Photo, Rear
    Today I happened upon it and recalled that there was some writing on the back of the photo. Since it is in Czech I broke out The Google Translate and tried to read the writing. I tried many variations of the words, and didn’t really get anywhere beyond the first phrase:

    “Kostel sv. Marka celý s mramoru”
    “Church of Sts. Mark all with marble” Read More | Comments

  • Jan24


    A favorite photo I originally found on a Ferbane, Offaly, Ireland website that is no more.

    Behind the Stone, Ferbane, Ireland

    Ferbane was the town near my grandmother’s birth in Creggan, Kings County.
    The more I look at this photo, the more it reminds me of The Graveyard Book by @neilhimself

    Thanks to Tom’s comment below, this photo is likely from Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, which is northwest of Ferbane.

  • Dec30

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    I thought that I’d be able to get a few ideas written down during my Christmas vacation – wrong!

    In lieu of that, a another favorite photo post. Below is my Dad, Mike Tierney on May 29, 1941 with what looks to be a new bike. He’s got a River Phoenix thing going on in this photo…
    Mike Tierney, New Bike circa 1941

  • Dec16

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    I have had absolutely no time to write the last week or so, so I will show my face with a quick photo collage I whipped together while waiting for servers to reboot…

    My grandmother’s Egan family was all from near Ferbane in County Offaly (King’s) Ireland. Her sister Kathleen went to Dublin and became a nurse and joined the church, later going to China and Hong Kong working with Caritas helping children and others in hospitals.

    She took the religious name of Sister Attracta, and the name Attracta has continued on in the family one of nieces being named after her and my sisters both taking it as their confirmation names.

    Sister Attracta Collage

    The first photo is a crop from a beautiful one of her and several sisters, the second I believe is from her time in Dublin. The third, I’m told was on the cover of a Catholic magazine, and the last two are from later in life: visiting back home in Ireland and in China. (She wrote on the rear of that last photo that the small houses in back of her on the hillside are graves.)