Tuesday’s Tip: Sharing Clara Shrader’s Autograph Book

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Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Cover. (Click to enlarge.)

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)

Tuesday’s Tip: Do you have family treasures stashed in a closet or trunk? Share them- your cousins will enjoy learning more about their family!

Our Roberts cousin is doing just that. And so are we, through this blog.

A great-uncle of Edith (Roberts) [McMurray] Luck, William Roberts, left a big and wonderful family as his legacy. William and his family stayed in Indiana while our ancestor, John Roberts and his wife Elizabeth Ann Murrell, migrated to Iowa.

William’s descendants kept many of the family artifacts from their line, and they are a delight to see. We have already posted pictures of family and friends- see “Friday’s Faces from the Past: The William Roberts Family” for the first of nine posts in the series called the “Lloyd Roberts Family Photo Collection.”

Clara Shrader, later wife of Isaac H. Roberts. From the Lloyd Roberts Family Photo Collection, cropped from picture with Eva Bennett. (Click to enlarge.)

William’s son Isaac Henry Roberts married Clara Shrader, daughter of Mary Ann (Bennett) Shrader. Clara kept her autograph book throughout her life. Completed in her late teens, it obviously was quite an important keepsake to her, and held a lot of memories.

An autograph book was a small, usually hardbound book with blank pages, or sometimes there were lines or images on a page. The book would be passed around to friends to autograph, and they usually wrote a quick little poem. (Those who were born in the 1950s or 60s will remember autograph books as being popular back then too.)

Clara’s autograph book has been lovingly kept by the family and passed down since the 1880s. The current owner has shared the pages of this sweet book for posting, in the hope that not only will descendants enjoy it and it be preserved online, but that descendants of Clara’s friends might see it and get a small glimpse of their ancestor’s personality.

Clara Shrader Photo Album, scan 2. (Click to enlarge.)

Transcription:

Remember and don’t forget

The Bigest fool you ever met

Command you may

your mind from play

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Friday’s Faces from the Past: The William Roberts Family“as the first in the series ” Lloyd Roberts Family Photo Collection” at http://heritageramblings.net/2016/03/04/fridays-faces-from-the-past-the-william-roberts-family/

  2. Thank you to our Roberts cousin who so carefully has preserved, scanned, and transcribed this autograph album.

 

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Friday’s Faces from the Past: Leonard L. Broida with Golda Meir

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Leonard Broida, seated at left, with Golda Meir. (Click to enlarge.)

 

Broida Family (Click for Family Tree)

It was exciting to find this picture of Leonard L. Broida with Golda Meir in my inbox!

Golda Meir (1898-1978) was the fourth Prime Minister of Israel, and had been an active Zionist, moving to Palestine in 1921. She also served as a Foreign Minister and Minister of Labor.

The Leonard L. Broida descendant who shared this image said it was thought to be one of Mrs. Meir’s trips to the US for fundraising, and the gentlemen may have been one of the boards/committees at Suburban Temple, in Beachwood outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

It was somewhat challenging initially to find dated images of Golda Meir for comparison, to determine the approximate year this was taken. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, however, has an extensive collection of images online, as Golda attended that University to be trained as a teacher.

Since we do not have a date for this image, how can we come up with an estimated year it was taken? The photo gives us some clues.

Leonard L. Broida was born 26 February 1901, making him not quite three years younger than Golda Meir, who was born 3 May 1898. Leonard died on 9 October 1977, Golda on 8 December 1978. Using those dates alone and adding 30 years to the earliest, since they at least appear to be in their 30s, we can narrow the time range to probably be between 1931-1977.

Looking at photos on the U. of Wisconsin website, it appears that Mrs. Meir’s hair began to go gray by 1955, but it had very little gray in 1950. So we can narrow the timeline of the photo a bit more, to about 1931- 1955.

In a 1930 picture, Golda Meir met with the British Labour Party and H. N. Brailsford. She looks younger in those newspaper stories than in the above picture. She spent two years in the United States (1932-1934) as an emissary from the Israeli Working Women’s Council- could the photo have been taken then? In 1932 she would have been 34, Leonard 31. Wide lapels like those in the picture above were in fashion, so this could have been the time period in which the photo was taken.

Eighteen years later, in 1948, Life Magazine  published a picture of Golda on a kibbutz, and she looks very similar to the above photo.

While in Jerusalem in 1956, Golda was photographed at a United Nations Event; she does look similar to the above photo. She would have been 58 years old, Leonard 55, that year.

Trying to find newspaper accounts of Mrs. Meir’s travels to the Cleveland area was challenging, but more research might turn up a good lead. A reverse-image Google search did not produce another copy of this photo. A query to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee archivist or the historian at Suburban Temple may also provide answers. The best news would be that someone out there has the same image, but with names on it! (Lightly written in pencil, of course, and on the back.)

 

So what do you think (or know)? Was this picture taken during the 1930s, 40s, or 50s?

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Golda Meir biography: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/golda-meir
  2. This article includes a number of images of Mrs. Meir–https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golda_Meir
  3. “Picturing Golda Meir”– http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm/search/collection/pgm/searchterm/Meir,%20Golda,%201898-1978/mode/exact/page/1
  4. 1930 image of Golda Meir– http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm/ref/collection/pgm/id/86
  5. 1949– http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/pgm/id/35/rec/17
  6. 1956- Golda Meir in Jerusalem-https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/02/photographer-david-rubinger-visual-record-keeper-of-israeli-history-dies
  7. Here is a Pinterest board with many pictures of Golda Meir: https://www.pinterest.com/rosadeviterbo/people-golda-meir/

 

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Wordless Wednesday- Leonard Broida Artwork- Part 6

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“Florida Riverside” by Leonard L. Broida, watercolor, 1970. (Click to enlarge.)

 

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Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Posted with kind permission of current owner.

 

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Mystery Monday: Leonard Broida Artwork- Part 5

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Leonard L/ Broida’s art, date unknown. (Click to enlarge.)

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Leonard L. Broida was a successful architect who trained in the US and studied architecture in Europe; he definitely had artistic talent. For those of a younger generation, all the drawing for buildings was done by hand back then- no CAD software. (!!) A very large piece of paper, pencils, erasers, India ink, and a large, slanted and adjustable drawing table were the tools of an architect’s trade. Sometimes those erasers were electric- imagine having to erase a whole side of the building after the client says it is too small, or they don’t like it that way, or…

Also, an architect would draw renderings by hand- that is, they took the technical drawings such as floorplans and turned them into a beautiful concept drawing of what the building would look like from different vantage points. An architect would sketch in trees and other landscaping, cars, hardscape like sidewalks and parking areas, and maybe even a person walking a dog.

When Leonard and his wife Anita retired to Bird Key in Sarasota, Florida in 1965, Leonard decided he wanted to create fine art instead of technical drawings. So he became an artist, mostly self-taught from books. He worked with a variety of different media including watercolor, oil, ceramic, and copper sculpture.

We are so fortunate to have these family treasures shared with us today!

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Image and information from a Leonard L. Broida descendant.

 

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Leonard Broida Artwork- Part 4

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Copper fish sculpture by Leonard L. Broida, probably created after 1965.

 

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Notes, Sources, and References: 

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