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Bleak life histories of this sort are all too common -- and all too often lost. Thank you for sharing.

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Jul 10, 2023Liked by Marina Amaral

"They become individuals who've lived and loved, laughed and cried" is an exquisite, lyrical, well-crafted sentence. Your words and digital artistry combine to create vivid feasts for the eyes and mind, Marina.

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This story reminded me of a story my grandmother told me. She lost her mother at a young age and was left with a father who had no interest in keeping her. She lived with her aunt but never felt welcome in that family. She married the first man she could at age 16. She knew how to work hard because her aunt

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Jul 10, 2023Liked by Marina Amaral

Adelaide’s grandma died 5 days after Adelaide, the granddaughter married. Adelaide was also her grandmother’s name @ Indigo Angora. Very interesting story. This woman had a very difficult life which makes me believe she had to have been a very strong person from the time of such a young age. Today’s children can’t comprehend the harsh realities children during the Industrial Revolution had before there were child labor laws. Children in those days had to grow up very fast. A lot of them had to quit school to go to work in the factories or on the farms in order to support their families. No chance for a real childhood.

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(Continued) expected a lot from her which never seemed enough to make her happy. She told me how happy she was to get out on her own. Anyway, thanks for the story and the old photo.

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So much is hidden behind faces captured by the lens and the portrait artist. If only we could see through time. Thanks for sharing your research.

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Jul 10, 2023Liked by Marina Amaral

It's like my father's line, all John Henry's and Henry John's for generations.

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Wait, how could she live to 94 if she died 5 days after she married. Did I confuse the people?

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