img615My flashback this week is all about friends and family in Persia in the late 30’s and in the 40’s. These two friends got into trouble for applying lipstick before they took this photo. My mother on the left and our friend who we always called Aunt Zena on the right.

funeral007-002The same friends over 60 years later in California. Aunt Zena on the left and my mom on the right.

Most of the people in the following photos immigrated to the U.S.A. from Persia. Unfortunately my maternal grandfather died before he could immigrate. My maternal grandmother came to the states as a widow.

img594My mom is sitting down on the left. I need help identifying the other girls in this photo. I think some are Katkovs and the girl on the left is Vera (Leleland). Hopefully someone who sees my post that knows our extended family and friends can help me out with some names.

img617This is my mom on the left, her sister who died young, and her brother Paul.

img613My mom and my Uncle Paul

img596My mom and her cousin Luba

img595My mom on the right with her cousin Luba on the left and the two gals in the middle are Vera Leleland and Lyda Hamzaeff (married last names).

img589Nicolai, Aunt Nina, my mom and Uncle Paul

img588The Katkov and Shvetzov families in Persia. My parents and sister had left Persia already for America. My maternal grandfather is sitting on the right next to my maternal grandmother with my cousin Alex standing between them.

img592My Uncle Paul’s wedding day with my Aunt Nina and her family and friends. All the people in this photo are single except for my aunt and uncle. It was a tradition for the bride and groom to take a photo with their single guests and family.

Here we are in March already. We’re fighting off a cold bug at this old house. Dear is down for the count and I hope I don’t have to join him.

Have a good week everyone!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Friends

  1. Oh I love the photo of the children when they are smiling…so sweet. Your mother was a pretty little girl and a beautiful young woman. Loved seeing the clothes, too. Stay well now and may I say one word? (Echinacea)

  2. Interesting that in most really old pictures, no one smiles. I like #8 where your mom has the slightest of smiles! So nice that you have all these…your children will cherish them one day!

  3. ok – the one where Mom is sitting down… to her right (our left) is Vera Fyodorov Leleland and the one to her far left (our right) is Lyda Hamzaeff, not sure about the other 2 – could be Katkovs. The other picture same thing… Luba, Vera Leleland,Lyda Hamzaeff and mom (left to right) those 4 were tight along with Zina Katkov.

  4. Love seeing these…..the one of your mom in her youth on the back of her brother’s motor bike brought a smile.

  5. SO cool that you have these photos!!! I love the “now” one of your Mom and your Aunt Zena!!! They still have the expressions of happy little girls!

    I’ve noticed that in these and most photos from this era that the people are rarely smiling. I’m not sure why that is. People today just cheese really big!!! Or maybe that’s just me! 🙂 The people in these photos look like the photos they flashed on the screen during the movie “Titanic” or “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with their period clothing and styles. Really, really cool!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this bit of your family history, and I hope you’re able to i.d. the others in that one photo!

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