The photo above was among many my parents have. It is of my paternal great-grandmother Elizabeth Camilla Dienes Massmann (1976-1946), on the left, and her daughter, my paternal grandmother Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000), on the right. A handwritten note on the back says "Feb[ruary] 1937." Another copy of the photo is stamped "A Richards Photo Print" and "Feb 8 1937."
It appears to me that the two Elizabeths are on a ship. You can see a body of water in the background, plus railings typical of early cruise ships. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the elder Elizabeth and her husband, my great-grandfather Frederick Henry Massmann, went on three ocean cruises (that I know of) from 1927 to 1932. I had not found either of them on a passenger list from 1937, though, and had not found my grandmother on any passenger lists.
Then it occurred to me - they lived in Chicago at this time. Weren't there cruises on Lake Michigan?
As it turns out, cruising on the Great Lakes was rather popular in the late 1930s - there were a number of passenger ships available. From the photo above, it looks like this particular ship had a small swimming pool. So far, I haven't been able to determine what ship this might be, even with that information.
Below is an enlargement from the photo above, showing just my great-grandmother and grandmother.
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