Enter Eileen

Isidore and Celia Scheshko had a daughter when their son Murray was four-years-old. Eileen Ruth Scheshko was born on 2 December 1925.

The couple still had Celia’s cousin Rose Goodstein Cohen, her husband Isidore Cohen, and daughter Grace boarding with them at that time in their home at 739 Essex Street in Brooklyn. They lived at what is now the yellow house. Thanks to an inspiring comment from Sharon at Branches on Our Civitano Tree and Branches on Our Haimowitz Tree, I discovered that they moved into a brand new house in 1925!

This is only 12 years after Isidore arrived in the United States–and 15 years for Celia. I learned this information from the 1925 New York census. Another interesting piece of info on that census is that both the Scheshkos and the Cohens were apparently naturalized in 1916.

I’ve shared the photos of Isidore and Celia when they were young and before they had children. Here is a photo of them, older, with their daughter all grown up. I suspect Murray was away in the military, but maybe not. Perhaps it is a photo taken upon the occasion of Eileen’s engagement in 1951. If anybody in the family knows, please let me know, and I will correct this post.

Celia’s footwear has changed from those beautiful two-toned boots she wore in the photo I had colorized by Val Erde. A change of shoes happened to me over the years, too, so I completely understand.

I love that the women are wearing similar brooches. Isidore’s double-breasted suit is pretty snazzy!

14 thoughts on “Enter Eileen

  1. As you know, I am no fashion expert, but those clothes look very 1940s to me, especially Isidore’s suit. Of course, people were probably still wearing 1940s styles in 1951. My parents were engaged in 1951, and they just looked more “modern” to me!

    And I hear you about the shoes. After breaking my ankles three times, I no longer wear anything stylish! All flats for me. Preferably sneakers!

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    • I thought 40s also, plus that would have been when Murray was not there to be in the photo. I thought if it was taken right before her marriage that Murray would have been in it as one last family pic. On the other hand, Isidore looks pretty old. He died in 1953 at age 66. So it was the 40s the oldest he could be is very early 60s. But then he’d had a hard life when he was younger.

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    • Oh, I hate vertigo. It’s just awful. I hope you don’t have it too often. I wish there was a closeup of the brooches, too. I’m wondering why they look so much alike. Maybe they really don’t close up. Or maybe they were a set.

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  2. I saw this post a couple of days ago and forgot to come in and comment. That photo of Celia and Isidore when older, is astonishing. Curiously, I can see the resemblance in Celia to her younger self, but apart from his nose (seems to have flared nostrils!) wouldn’t have been able to recognise Isidore.

    The brooches only look similar to me by the fact that both are round, but in closeup they have different patterns on them and those patterns are rather unusual. I wonder if they were made of fabric? Maybe tapestry or embroidery? Just a thought.

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    • I was thinking the same thing about Isidore! He looks so different! You are right about the flared nostrils. It runs in the family. Murray had it, too.
      You see, you are so much better with visual detail than I am! What an amazing idea about the brooches being possibly made of fabric!

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