Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Am My Family Part 2

I thought you might be interested in what the original pictures looked like which Rafael used as his reference. Top middle is Sarah Gitel Goldberg Ryten, mother of the other 4. Bottom left is Malka Ryten who became a Yiddish actress. Bottom right is Julius Ritten who immigrated to the US and was Mr. Snowbird's birth grandfather. Top right is Chaja Golda Ryten Precelman, Rafael's great grandmother. Top left is Menashe/Menasze Ryten who perished in the Holocaust together with his daughter Hannah, her husband and two sons.

Below are the original pictures not in the collage.

Malka Ryten

Sarah Gitel and Chaja Golda Ryten

Menashe/Menasze Ryten

Another picture of Menashe/Menasze Ryten

Julius Ritten when he was older and living in Detroit.


Gayle said...

I find it amusing no one ever smiled in the photos. Makes them look like a grumpy bunch although I'm sure they weren't!

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ChrisC and JonJ said...

What an incredible story!!

Tink *~*~* said...

Love these, especially the actress. You are right, he managed to look like her a great deal!

Tink *~*~*

Tootie said...

My goodness, he really did do a great job.

MariBy said...

Gayle: I asked one time why a lot of people didn't smile in old photos. I was told that going to the dentist in that day and age was a last resort as it was pretty barbaric - not much in the way of pain relief. So, as a consequence, people had bad teeth and therefore did not smile much.

Snowbird said...

As for the very serious pictures, I just read that in the "olden" days, the camera lens had to stay open longer than they do today and it was easier to hold a serious expression that long than it was a smile. Also, in the old tintype pictures, they even had a rod around their neck to keep it from moving.