This photo was taken by my Great Grandfather, Abraham Gunzendorfer, who was a professional photographer. I have a box of photos that are marked on the back with “Photographer, Gunzendorfer, Monterey, California” which on one hand is cool because he took them but also makes it difficult because I’m never certain if the photos were of his family or some other random people. But this photo has intrigued me, especially since the next page of the scrapbook is cigarette based.
So as I turned the page of my Grandmother's scrapbook, I came across this.
Yes, that’s right – my grandmother had a collection of cigarettes! Why on earth I’ll never know but it is interesting that she not only saved the cigarettes but she marked them with whose brand it was. I wonder if Carleton was a special friend since she kept two of his cigarettes – his ‘regular’ brand (St. Francis) and his ‘cheap’ brand (John Bollman Imperials). And maybe Meyrl was another favorite since she also has two of his brands. I think Meyrl is probably J. Meyrl Pugh, one of her classmates that I see in her high school yearbook.
|J. Meyrl Pugh|
Monterey High School Yearbook
El Susurro 1915
It amazes me that these cigarettes are still here after nearly 100 years, although if you look in the crease of the page on the left side you can see the tobacco piled up.
And next to the page was this.
And closer up.
Frank Ordway gave me this box the night he, Hallie, Neil & I went to the “movies” together, a week before the boys went away. We had an awfully good time.
I know Hallie was her friend Hallie Hitchcock but who were Frank and Neil? They don’t appear to be classmates. One thing I’ve learned about Grandma – she had a lot of friends!
I’m guessing the other ‘treasure’ is the inside of the box.
And a close up of the outside of the box.
I don’t see that any of the cigarettes were Philip Morris & Co. although I don’t see Frank Ordway’s brand, either.
Oh Grandma, why did you save these? Did you ever imagine that your granddaughter would be looking at these nearly 100 years later?