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Information Picture Question
Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 5/11/2014 4:04 PM
Family Surname: Meirowitz
Country: Lithuania
Date of Image: late 1890's
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This photograph is of my grandmother – family name Meirowitz from Shadova, Lithuanian. It shows her with her mother, sister and one brother. Another brother and her father are missing. The family immigrated to South Africa in 1910.

Two questions: Embossed on the lower right is the name of the photographer and I think location. It looks to me like it could be Ponievier, Poniewiez or Ponevetz = Ponevezh. Am I on the right track or could it be something else?

It is clearly a posed studio shot. I put the date in the late 1890’s. Is anyone able to make some observations about the date and their social status based on the setting, clothing, jewelry etc?

On the back of the photo there is a message, written in Yiddish, that I have posted on Viewmate. I am trying to unlock the mystery of the missing family members and perhaps find out the reason this posed shot was taken.

Thank you so much in advance.


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5/11/2014 4:28 PM You are on the right track. The city is Poniewież (Lithuanian:Panevėžys)
Good luck!
5/14/2014 8:12 AM I guess they are city dwellers, not very religious, middle class family.
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