I received a comment from one of Lena's family on the other site and it made me want to re-post this because I see these children as so very important.
Here, then, is that post:
|Lena late at night|
This is a photo of a little girl from Cincinnati Ohio .
I took a section and enlarged it and hand colored it.
This photo of Lena Loschiavo taken in August of 1908, intrigued me.
11 years old, a bit of our own little darling reflected in her face , she sits smiling in a torn and tattered dress.
Shorpy's site did not have too much information on her except for a caption.
The person taking the photos, Lewis Wickes Hine was doing so for the sake of research on child labor at the turn of the previous century. Hines was a photographer and sociologist.
Child labor laws were non existent in those days.
I enlarged a bit of the photo and then hand colored this portion of her photo to bring her to life a bit again. She is not finished yet.
Those old photos do very little to show a person's "light" and soul.
From a close up I took from another photo of her, Lena's eyes appeared light, rather than very dark.
|Our own little girl|
Her eyes may have been blue/green, I used a dark brownish green with violet rings, like the "kid" .
Her skin and lip coloring are also from the "kid".
At the Shorpy website, which features old photographs, people were discussing how old Lena looked. Well, not now I think.
It was late at night according to the information known about the photo and the poor kid was over tired.
Also, they were wondering what had become of her. This lovely eager faced child demands attention as there is , to me at least , something intriguing about her.
When I find old photos like this I just have to color them.
To see the original photo in high definition you will need to see it on the website. I took this from a smaller photo and enlarged it myself.
It can be hard tracking people down because spellings vary from site to site.
Immigrants were often misunderstood when telling their names to officials and so there are various spellings used in documents and records.
A name like LoSchiavo can become variously Loshavo, Lochiavo, Lochavo , depending on who heard it and how they wrote it down. Since different languages say the letters of the alphabet differently, asking someone to spell it was not always an option.
If I am correct in my research, Lena was born in 1898 in America to Italian immigrants Charles Loschiavo and his wife Mary Gentile Loschiavo. There were 4 children, Giuseppe who died 9 days old, an unnamed infant who died at birth , another girl, Petrina who was a few years older than Lena and passed way in 1962 at the age of 67.
Petrina Loschiavo seems to have married John Mercurio.
Note: I am correct as we have heard from the family of Petrina Mercurio confirming that this is right.
Charles Loschiavo, Lena's father, passed away at age 34, when Lena was 10 or 11. This may well be why she was selling on the corner to add to the family income. Mrs. Mary LoSchiavo had lost a son in February at 9 days old and her husband in July of the same year.
Lena seems to have married Charles Mercurio at age 16 or 17(?) and had a little girl , Terita, who passed away at age 84 in 1999, 11 years after her mother.
Lena, passed away in 1988 at the age of 90.
She and some of her family are buried in the St Joseph New Cemetery in Cincinnati. I found all this in their interment records.
I also 'Googled' the site of the corner where Lena sold pretzels and baskets from 11:00 AM in the morning til Midnight in front of the 6th Street Market 'saloon' entrance at 209 West Sixth Street in Cincinnati.
You can compare it with the corner that you see in the photo of Lena in the previous post.
I dubbed it
“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20Lena worked hard to help support her mother....
Rest peacefully Lena.
(siggie from Judy)