Patience Pays Off

A while back, I shared how I was sending information packets to family members regarding their family history. The patience is paying off. This week I received more pictures of my father, who passed away several years ago when he was a child. I had no idea these pictures existed and I love how dang cute daddy was. He reminds me much of my children at this young age. I suspect he was around 18 months old. What do you think?

Daddy is super cute!

Here’s my cute daddy. I LOVE all the things you can see in this picture taken by C & D Photo Studio of Columbus, Ohio. I love the innocence as he’s looking at his small hands (what is on it or does he not like his adorable winter set?). I love the comparison of him to the car, you can see how little he was. The spread-out fingers remind me of my children when they were 18 months old. However, I have so many, many questions. Where was this taken? Whose car is that? Why were these pictures taken, besides daddy being adorable?

Here’s my daddy Robert Geiszler with his mother Helen Zumstein.
The picture adds my grandmother to the mix. She looks so youthful, happy, and energetic. I barely knew my grandmother as we moved far away when I was 2. However, I like to think that she adored her only child and enjoyed being a mother from the relationship you can see in this picture.
Who is this lady?
 But when I received this picture, I have more questions. Since this is a side profile, it’s really hard to tell if this is my grandmother or not. She’s not wearing earrings and is wearing a jacket. The bodice underneath is different. Her hairstyle is also not exactly the same. However, the picture appears to have been taken on the same day. I think these pictures are of Bob and his Aunt. But which one? It could be his father’s sister, but the profile doesn’t seem to fit the ones I have of Aunt Margie Geiszler Wasson. However, it could be one of Helen’s sisters… Dorothy Zumstein Merrit or Faye Zumstein Gaa. I’m thinking she looks more like Faye. If it is Faye or Dorothy, why were these pictures in the possession of my father’s cousin?

Though the questions are numerous and I don’t have anyone alive to share the stories I have no further way to learn about the photos. However, I adore seeing these photos and I am so glad that I have been so patient in my research efforts.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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