These prints were with the previous set of my Uncle John Zabowski. While the first photo looks like John the name on the back is Ted. Ted is also named on the other shots. Now, John didn’t play guitar, and that really doesn’t look like him, so it’s pretty clear to me that it isn’t him. But that first one really makes me wonder. And of course I have no idea who Ted might have been. Good chance that it was a mutual friend of theirs that got a job on the ore boats as well. (And yes, that first shot was printed backwards.)
This was my Grand Uncle John Zabowski. As I’ve shown before he was a boat man that spent his career working the Great Lakes. He eventually became a Chief Engineer on the ore boats, but obviously he was still a long way away from that rank when these photos were taken. Seeing how young he is in these shots, and how posed they are, I bet this could be his very first gig on a boat back in the early 1930s. Being it was in the midst of the Great Depression I can only imagine how happy he was to get this job.
This was Al and Rita Ann Nadolski with their children Joanne and Nancy. Rita Ann, or Annie, was my Grandma Gen’s youngest sibling, and the older gentleman was their Father Antoni. Al and Annie were married in 1940, and he served in The War. So, this has to be sometime relatively soon after The War ended. Also, the fashion and the cars in the background help date this shot.
While looking at these photos I realized that I believe every photo I have of Antoni he is wearing a tie, which is very often accompanied by a hat and coat. I know this isn’t a brilliant discovery of mine, but people just simply dressed better all the way around. Even the little kids look really nice. Let’s face it, most of us today go around looking like a schlub.