According to the writing on the reverse of this real photo postcard (RPPC), our sitters are Livonia Osborn and Howard Strong. Also penned on the back is “Mardi Gras 1923” which explains the kooky pretzel get-ups.
I wasn’t so sure the name Howard E. Strong identified our second sitter because of how the names were placed (see image below sources) until I came across the above photo in a Carnegie Institute of Technology yearbook. I think he’s definitely a match. What do you think?
Livonia Chittenden Osborn was named after her paternal grandmother, while Howard’s middle name of Evans came from his maternal grandparents’ surname. The two grew up in Pennsylvania some 160 miles apart; Livonia in Thornburg and Howard in Smethport
How did it come about that these teenagers attended a Mardi Gras celebration together in 1923? Notice how they are just barely holding hands. Were they in love? Was this the innocent affection of friends? I wasn’t able to determine a family relationship but that doesn’t mean one didn’t exist.
If Livonia and Howard were romanticly involved, the spark didn’t last. Howard wed Miss Amelia White in 1927 and Livonia tied the knot (haha) with John Stevenson about 1928. Both of our sitters lived well into their 80s, Livonia passing away in 1993 and Howard in 1986.
Florida death index
U.S. WWII Draft Cards
West Virginia marriage records
Social Security death index
Thornburg City Directory