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Submitted by Deborah Long

Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 8/18/2010 4:12 PM
Family Surname: Munk
Country: Hungary
Date of Image: mid-1800s?
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Can you advise me about the significance of the attire of these two people? They are likely to be my Hungarian grandparents, but they were from an area that is now called Selmeczbánya),Slovakia.
Does their attire reflect Jewish custom at the time?

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8/19/2010 2:32 PM Probably a wedding anniversary, I have seen photos likethis for the 50th (gold) anniversary.

Was Mr. Munk a Rabbi?
8/20/2010 4:58 AM I have a similar picture of my great grandmother. I had heard that the photographer supplied finer clothes for photographs, and that is what I suspect happened for my ggrandmother, who probably wouldn't have had fine clothes. This was in Zemplen megye.
8/20/2010 11:05 AM the clothing and the man's beard all look pretty normal for the latter half of the 19th century, but the man's hat is unusual, almost resembling a fez. it looks to be velvet with an embroidered pattern and a tassel to one side.
8/21/2010 2:23 PM The clothing would be appropriately considered to occasion likely. Note the chair and table coverings and style. The pomp or puff sleeves appear to me to be circa 1870s. Just my guesses here. Also, what is she holding in her hands.

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