Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday's Faces From the Past: Fearless Females Elizabeth Dienes Massmann and Elizabeth Massmann Pape, February 1937

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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  1. Cool post! Wish my ancestors did fun things, and had cool photos.

    1. Tracy, you have some photos of your ancestors on Flickr that are in awesome condition! Thanks for commenting!