Mar 11, 2013

Found Ancestor: Mary Plavik of New York

Mary Pavlik, 1926

I always feel a twinge of wistfulness and nostalgia when looking at old photographs of people from times past. Most of the time, the vintage photographs that we seek out, collect, and sell lack any kind of identifying information. We are left to wonder who these people were, where they lived, what they were like, what joys and sorrows they lived through ... and why their images have been discarded, falling into the hands of strangers who know nothing of their history.

At Cassie's Tale, we do our best to rescue and bring life back to these unknown ancestors and their images, to find them good homes with people who will enjoy and appreciate them. And whenever we come across photographs that include identifying information, we do our best to find out more, and to present that knowledge in the hopes that someone might discover a lost ancestor, and make them found.

So far, we have not found a home for this woman from New York. Her photo, shown above, was taken in 1926 by the well-known portrait photography studio of Sol. Young in the Bronx, New York. Our research shows that her name was Mary Pavlik, and that she was born in 1885, making her 41 years old at the time the photo was taken. Census records show that she immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia, and that in 1930 she was still living in the Bronx with her son, Paul G. Pavlik.

Her gray and silver hair is pulled loosely back, with some frizzy ends flying free. She wears a loose-fitting black blouse with pleats and a collarless scoop neck. A circle pin sits alongside her long, graduated bead necklace. She wears a pair of wonderful round glasses with celluloid covered rims - a style typical of the 1920s. There is a hint of a smile at the edges of her mouth. She has strong, arched eyebrows, and her eyes are bright and alert, albeit a little tired-looking. To me, this is an image of a strong, proud, and intelligent woman.

Does Mary belong to your family tree? If she does, please let us know - we love to hear "reunion" stories!

1 comment:

  1. wow want a great idea.. I wish I did know her family!