Six mothers

A Zwicky family photo (from 1945 or ’46) showing Bertha and Melchior Zwicky (my Swiss grandparents), their five children, four of the five spouses (only my uncle Theodore Severin is missing from the photo shoot), and ten of their twelve grand-children (only my cousin Ted Severin is missing from the photo shoot; his sister Eleanor was yet to be born):

(#1)

The family

Bertha and Melchior

The five children and their children (order in the cousin set given by the boldface number following the name:

1: Fred (Frederick) 1904 (wife Lucille)

— 1: Fred 1 10/12/30; 2: Eleanor 5 5/19/38 (Justice); 3: Henry 9 1/26/43

2: Bertha 1906 (husband Theodore Severin)

– 1: Wilma 2 4/14/33; 2: Ted (Theodore) 4 1/10/35; 3: Eleanor 12 8/4/49 (Houck)

3: Walter 1909 (wife Miriam)

— 1: Lynda 8 12/7/41 (Hood); 2: David 10 10/25/43

4: Lillian 1911 (husband Al (Alfred) Coleman)

— 1: Don (Donald) 3 9/20/34; 2: Bob (Robert) 6 12/24/38; 3: Ken (Kenneth) 11 9/25/45

5: Arnold 1914 (wife Marty (Marcella))

— 1: Arnold Jr. 7 9/6/40

The cousin set, in chronological order:

1 = 1.1 Fred 10/12/30

2 = 2.1 Wilma 4/14/33

3 = 4.1 Don 9/20/34

4 = 2.2 Ted 1/10/35

5 = 1.2 Eleanor 5/19/38

6 = 4.2 Bob 12/24/38

7 = 5.1 Arnold Jr. 9/6/40

8 = 3.1 Lynda 12/7/41

9 = 1.3 Henry 1/26/42

10 = 3.2 David 10/25/43

11 = 4.3 Ken 9/25/45

12 = 2.3 Eleanor 8/4/49

The family in the photo:

the older generations, left to right: Al, Lillian; Arnold, Marty; Walter, Miriam; gm Bertha, gf Melchior; Lucille, Fred; Bertha (six women, all mothers)

kids in picture, left to right: Ken 11 (in Al’s arms), Don 3, Bob 6, Arnold Jr.7, David 10, Lynda 8, Fred 1 (in back), Henry 9, Eleanor 5, Wilma 2

missing: uncle Theodore and cousin Ted 4 (and of course cousin Eleanor 12)

Notes: (a) none of us kids, with the possible exception of Lynda, is making an attempt at smiling for the camera; (b) cousin Fred 1, at (roughly) 16, was already taller than his father and about as tall as his uncles Walter and Arnold; (c) the little boys (me, David, Henry) are all in short pants, the older boys (young men) in long pants. (This was then the custom, which hangs on in expressions like, “I started my first software company when you were still in short pants, kid!”)

Given baby Ken in my uncle Al’s arms, the photo would seem to have been taken (on a warm day) between the fall of 1945 and the spring of 1946, probably the former.

Bonus photo: two mothers — my mother and grandmother — plus me and my grandfather:

(#2)

My mother is wearing a fancy hat, as was the custom of American women in the 1930s and ’40s. I can’t recall my grandmother Zwicky ever wearing a hat.

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