Photo Corner: Electa Johnson Nichols and Frank Hadley Snell, Jr. (Orphan Heirloom)

Electa Johnson Nichols, born Cleveland, Ohio, 1907Contributed by Sherry Wagner, Eastlake, Ohio
Sherry’s grandmother, Electa Johnson Nichols, taken when she was fourteen years old and just before it became socially acceptable for a girl to “bob” her hair like the 1920 flappers did. Electa was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1907 and taught first grade in the Cleveland School for thirty-five years. In 1930, she and a girlfriend drove her Ford from Cleveland to the Grand Canyon, up Pike’s Peak, and back. Their trip is recorded in Grandma’s journal which is a fascinating read. Photos of her mother’s hair show that she never cut it until the 1940s as it was to the ground.

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Frank Hadley Snell, Jr., born 12-09-1893, taken 5-16-1894 in Orange County, New JerseyContributed by Christina
Christina found this photograph at a yard sale and would like to see it returned to the rightful family. The photograph has the name Frank Hadley Snell, Jr., born 12-09-1893, taken 5-16-1894 in Orange County, New Jersey. If you have any questions, please contact Christina at ckurimski@charter.net

5 thoughts on “Photo Corner: Electa Johnson Nichols and Frank Hadley Snell, Jr. (Orphan Heirloom)

  1. The pic of Electa Johnson Nichols was very useful to me as I have been trying to ID a date for a photo of my GGrandmother with very long hair just like Electa’s. I hoped the date would be from late in that decade because her age fit perfectly in that time frame.

    Beautiful photo, Thanks!

  2. What a beautiful picture of Electa. It would be interesting to see the picture of her mother’s hair to the ground. It must have been very heavy!

  3. There is an Orange County in New York.
    There is no Orange County, New Jersey. NJ also has ‘the Oranges’ – just east, northeast of Newark – Orange, South Orange, etc.

  4. I agree with Sue. Sherry provided a beautiful picture of Electa. I too would love to see a later picture with her hair to the ground. I remember my mother telling stories of being able to sit on her hair when she was younger. But Sherry’s story is even greater. Mine, unfortunately, never grew beyond the middle of my back. The hair genes must have withered by the time they reached me!

  5. I have a photo that appears to be made of tin or thin metal. The two men seem to be in some military uniform, but I have no idea when or where it was taken. It is quite yellowed and difficult to make out. I do believe that one of them msy be related because he resembles my brother. How do I go about forwarding the picture so that someone may give me a clue as to where, when it was taken.
    Thank you. Kathryn Pennington

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