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Submitted by Alan Moskowitz

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Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 10/11/2020 2:53 PM
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I have this wonderful photo but the people remain a mystery. Could possibly be related to any of these family surnames: Galicia (ZUCKER, BRODER,WEISEL, BUCHWALD), Belarus (MOSKOWITZ, HOROWITZ), Ukraine (BACKRACK, SMOLOWITZ, SAMOLOVICH)

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10/12/2020 10:26 AM Wonderful photo, indeed! You wonder if this family is 'religious'. Jewish? Yes. The bearded male wears a traditional headcovering [rather than a contemporary hat or simple cap.] The studio gave him a brand new book to hold, giving an aura of scholarship.

However his wife is NOT wearing a hair cover or wig [Sheitle], but letting her natural locks show. She is not adhering to Orthodox custom of Jews in that part of Europe. This alone doesn't define what customs they may or may not have followed. Just signals that they adopted modern ways, too. Note how polished the family shoes are, and what new condition. There was a degree of prosperity here. Did you see the locket the wife wears? I would date this 1900-1915.
10/12/2020 3:38 PM Is there any indication of the name of the photographer or studio?

I am thinking that the two young people who are standing are brother and sister.

However, I am wondering if the lady who is seated is the elder man's wife, or possibly daughter?

Might the two young (standing) people be his children, or grandchildren?

It is a beautiful photo.
10/12/2020 8:16 PM I don't have much to add beyond what has been said already. The woman could also be a second wife. She could have been the first wife's sister or cousin, which would explain the apparent resemblance between all of them. The grey-white beard can be deceptive .He might look older because of lighting, printing, or genes.
10/13/2020 6:44 AM I have heard that even amongst the orthodox in Europe (and America) especially in larger cities it was very common that women did not cover their hair. This was true even of some wives of famous Rabbis. In other aspects of religious life they could still have been strictly orthodox.
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