The photo below belongs to a large collection of images belonging to my German grandparents. Some we can identify; some we cannot. Recently I sat down with the mysterious occupants of this photo for an interview. Sadly, they were less than forthcoming. Vintage photo subjects are like that.
Who are you?
When are you?
Are we related?
Where in Germany are you? (You are in Germany, aren’t you?)
Honey, is that a clerical collar you’re wearing?
Why isn’t it a Roman collar? Did they just look different then?
Well, OK, if you’re not Catholic how come you’re related to me?
Did I just get that wrong?
Are you really happy, or are you just photogenic?
Do you have any descendants who can tell me about you?
A More Serious Note: I do not know if the people in this photo are Forsters (my grandma’s maiden name), Rudroffs (my grandpa’s surname) or whether they belong to families bearing other surnames associated with my grandparents, such as Held, Endres, Hoffmann or Dormann. I wonder if I’ll ever know. Anyway, they look like a friendly couple, don’t they?