Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mystery Photo: Zinsser Girls, 1942

Isn’t it fun to dream about winter in the middle of an August heat wave? Well, today we take you back to the Christmas of 1942. The photograph you see above was part of a Christmas card produced by Zinsser & Company to send to its employees and to those men and women who had been employees and were in the service in 1942. The type under the photograph reads: “Girls of Zinsser & Co. / Thinking of you and sending you Christmas greetings.” Below is a list of names, but with only the first initial: H. Bednarchak, H. Wells, R. Dann, J. Ramsey, E. Crotty, F. [Florence?] Crotty, K. Devlin, E. Irvine, R. Paul, A. Teekle, G. McKernan, and N. Prince.

Everyone who got the card would know who they were, of course! We are not so lucky. If you can fill in any of the first names and match the names to the faces (the names may be listed in the order in which the women are standing, but we’re not sure), please let us know! Click the photograph and look at it more closely in Flickr. If you need to enlarge it, click the “All Sizes” link above the photograph. Do you recognize anyone?

If you don’t know, but are curious about the answers, come back to the blog and check this post. We’ll attach comments with any information we receive.

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  1. Ronnie Wemer says that J. Ramsey's first name was Jean. Thanks, Ronnie!

  2. Maryann Stefanko Sheridan writes: "I began working at Zinsser's in 1950 and never saw or heard about Christmas cards. I really enjoyed seeing a lot of faces that were still there when I started and brought back so many happy memories."

    Maryann has given us the names: Rosemary Dann, Jean Ramsey, Florence Crotty, Katherine Devlin, Edna Irvine, and Gerry McKernan.

    Thanks, Maryann!

  3. Bryan Healy, ever diligent, has given us Geraldine McKernan's married name -- Antku -- and confirmed Jean Ramsey's name. Thanks, Bryan!