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  • This picture is of my grandfather and his brothers. It has become more interesting to me as I have aged.

    The picture comes in two versions. One with the Mike standing on the left and one without. I also have a picture with him alone. Mike was lost in WW1. I believe this second picture to be a photographers proof made in the process of adding him to the group. The photographs might have been taken by the same photographer as glass plates were often saved at the studio. From the original it appears to be a contact print rather than an enlargement. There is no signature of the photographer on the frame.

    The question becomes... when was the photograph snapped and where? I would guess the location to be near Pittsburgh as Nick and Andy were working in the steel mills making nails.

    The eldest brother Joe did not stay long in America. His wife required the fresh air of the old country. Apparently the pollution of Pittsburgh was not good for her lungs. So, I am guessing they would have gone back after the first war had ended. This suggests the group photograph being snapped around 1917.

    In 1987 my brother, sister and I took my mother to Zavadka for a visit. There I learned the town had been under some threat during the wars and moved to the safety of higher ground in the mountains. Nick had worked as a child cutting timbers for the coal mine. Some records state Zavadka a part of Galicia others Austria Hungry or Slovakia.

    Here is my clue to the mystery of my heritage.
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