Friday, December 24, 2010

Photo Number 406

minda and jena Hjellum
Minda and Gena postcard
A post card hand delivered long ago.  A Merry Christmas To Aunt Stina From Minda and Gena then written in another hand (Hjellum).  This is a Azo Real Photo Postcard from 1918 to 1930.  From the clothing I would say this was taken about 1925, the boyish boxy dress that showed no curves was quite in fashion about that time.

“The Bob” ..women for the first time in history began to wear their hair short..scandalous. The bob was a short rounded blunt cut with bangs and could be worn straight, pin curled or wavy.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)

Thanks to Abra! 
This photo is on it's way home on December 27, 2010 :) 

I did not hear back from the family..however I declared this photo Full Circle 40 in November of 2011.


  1. :) My grandmother wore her hair like that - I've a picture of her from 1930 - dressed much the same as these two sisters - but not quite as young as they are.

    Hjellum is a town in Norway (the old country) as well as a family name that appears most often in Minnesota, North Dakota and Illinois.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't find any mention of Stina, Minda, or Gena. Christina? Regina?

    Seems like a tease to have names that... elude us. :)

  2. I am getting good at guessing the dates before I read your info!!!!! Love their wavy hair!

  3. What a beautiful photograph. Happy Christmas my friend, and thank you for such a delightful and ever-interesting Blog

  4. My mother did waves in my hair back in the mid 1940's. I think I remember a school photo of me like that.

  5. I agree with Mildred, I am happy that I am getting better at guessing the dates before you tell it to us!

    Really love the bob haircuts, used to have one myself once.

    Hope you have a very happy Christmas and New Year. :-)

  6. It is a marvelous photo. What a classic with the bob haircut. I don't even try to guess the dates.

  7. Beautiful twin sisters is what I kid of thought, due to their identical dresses. Lo and behold, I found twin sisters, Gina & Minda Jellum. Note the H is missing, but everything else fits. I have many more details to share, but am in a bit of a rush right now. I will confirm contact information for Minda's relative, but probably not until Sunday.

    Merry Christmas!! ~Abra

  8. After a very busy Christmas, I am having some relaxation time today, so here is my promised follow-up!

    Minda Hansina and Gina Karina Jellum were born in Wanamingo, Goodhue Co., MN to Iver Jellum and Martha Jordahl. They were the youngest of 8 children. Three older sisters were Clara Justina(1884), Ida(1886), and Hannah(1888). Three older brothers were Emil(1891), Joseph(1893), and Martin(1896).

    Minda was married to Oscar Pearson. According to a family tree, Minda & Oscar were married in March of 1926. They lived in Featherstone, Goodhue Co, MN in 1930, and had one son (I will not name here, as I believe he is still alive). The 1930 census transcript on lists him as age six, but when I look at the image, it is chicken-scratched, so I am not sure he was born then, or later. The family will have to verify, I believe. This son had 4 children (2 girls, 2 boys), and at least 2 grandchildren (who bear middle names of their great grandparents). I didn't follow all the children, as we will let the family tell some of their own story if we make contact. ;-) Minda passed away at the age of 88, on June 5, 1986.

    Gina was married to John Edward Benson on October 16, 1926. They had 2 sons who died as infants:Robert Milo(12-28-1927 to 01-10-1928)& Leslie Everett (Jan 1932 to 8-19-1932). I didn't find a record of any other children. Gina passed away Aug 23 1991 at the age of 93. She is buried in Cannon Falls, MN.

    I am not sure who Aunt Stina is--could be either side, but I didn't follow that up too closely, as that is something the family could tell us. (You will note that I included the middle name of the oldest daughter--Clara Justina--as I think she could/may be named after her aunt "Stina.") I think you are pretty accurate on the dating of this photo, as both girls were apparently married in 1926. It does look as if the seated girl is wearing a band (or two) on her left ring finger, so maybe this is around the time of one of their marriages? Who really knows? I could not find either girl in the Minnesota online marriage system, so I am thinking they married in a bordering state, perhaps. I could search further or once again allow those details for the family to share. I will send contact information to you shortly, Connie! ~Abra

  9. Abra, you astonish me with the "rabbit out of the hat" magic you do!


  10. Great work Abra! I have it all set to mail in the morning! :)


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie