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    Posted: 02 April 2024 at 00:33
My daughter sent me this photo of the moment I arrived in America with my mother and father.
Interestingly it is a professional photoshoot by a professional photographer. All posed and backgrounded. I don't know if it's supposed to be the Iconic American Immigrant photo, or one of them, but it sure looks like that to me

Again, interestingly, I remember my mother and father showing me an American civics school textbook with a photo of my Grandfather, father and me on our ships deck with the Statue of Liberty in the background. Thats the photo I would like to have. I do remember the ships name was "Brigadier" Something___? Makes me think it was a war time troop carrier.

We were processed thru Ellis Island, probably some of the last in its long history.

Iconic American Immigrant photo ?
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sorry, don't know what camera brand the photographer used
Don't now if Minolta was even around at that time

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Amazing shot with the story behind it. You must be thrilled your daughter found this image. To me this is a typical immigrant photo, and it also includes the most beautiful part of Manhattan. TFS Joe
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You're expensive!

Nice picture - clearly a talented photographer. Did a quick search and found some sports photos by Doug Grundy that I suspect is the same person.

When was this taken? Could have been a Minolta as they made Minolta cameras since 1933 - but unlikely this was a Minolta. But in the 50's they made rangefinders and TLR's
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2024 at 08:47
Great photo, and archetypical of the post-war migrant experience, one I shared but in Australia where my parents and me aged 3 arrived in January 1949 on the Yugoslav flagged "Partizanka", a former British ship (used as a troop-ship during the war) and originally Christened "Shawnee" when launched in 1931.
My guess would be, given the square format, that the photo would have been a 6cm x 6cm negative and the camera was most likely a twin lens reflex, a Rolleiflex, or one of its imitators.
Good luck finding that photo with the Statue of Liberty in the background, and thanks for sharing.
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First I'd heard of Douglas Grundy - who seems to have packed a lot into a short life (he died in 1962 aged 41). See here
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Interesting story and a really good picture!
And expensive one too, $500 for a 6MP file...
I would assume your family would own a print already.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2024 at 10:33
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

First I'd heard of Douglas Grundy - who seems to have packed a lot into a short life (he died in 1962 aged 41). See here


Phil.
That's quite a tabloid sensation of a life Dougas Grundy and his eventually ex-wife led.
However, he was indeed a fine photographer well drilled in the fundamentals of his art, and lives on in his imagery still being marketed by Getty Images and others.
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Great find, Josef! That picture seems to be an invaluable document of your family history! And living in these times give you lots of reasons for nostalgic feelings!
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Ellis Island used to have the archives on-site, you could go through the books. Maybe the ship details might help find the other picture?
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Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

sorry, don't know what camera brand the photographer used
Don't now if Minolta was even around at that time
The company that would be later (from 1931) known as Minolta was founded as Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shōten ("Japanese-German photo company") in 1928. Although I have a feeling that initially Minolta products were not that actively marketed internationally.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2024 at 05:56
I'm having a hard time believing all this
Did a search in gettyimages for Grundy. Came up with 283 of his photos. Unfortunately did not have the Statue of Liberty one, but came up with this unbelievable image. Thats me, my Father, my mother, my grandmother and grandfather.

If I hadn't posted those pictures here on Dyxum and your encouragements, I would never have this new treasured photo 🫶🏻

Extraordinary! setting foot for the first time in America

A thought, the Statue of Liberty photo was taken still out at sea, perhaps the photos were by 2 different photographers
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2024 at 07:25
Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

Thats me, my Father, my mother, my grandmother and grandfather.

If I hadn't posted those pictures here on Dyxum and your encouragements, I would never have this new treasured photo 🫶🏻

That is amazing Joe. I am really happy for you. For us, this kind of stories is great, thanks for sharing that.   
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Yes, that is special!
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