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Lewis W. Hine
Dr. Louis Finkelstein and his family. Wife Rose and his children Jerry and Rita, It was taken in the backyard of their home at 141 Farragut Avenue in Hastings.
Gelatin silver print
Hastings Historical Society
Courtesy of Hastings-on-Hudson Historical Society (Lewis Hine Collection)
This photograph shows Louis Finkelstein and his family - he was a friend of Lewis Hine and a local dentist. The information was extracted from an oral history made by Louis and Rose Finkelstein in the collection of the Hastings-Historical-Society. It was rewritten and not their own words:
"In the 1920s and 1930s Hastings was an industrial town with many immigrant families, and during the depression no one had much money. People would often barter for Dr. Finkelstein's services. This barter included groceries and home-grown vegetables, hand-made doilies, and two lovely French chairs. A French woman gave him beautiful gowns for Mrs. Finkelstein; Mr. Rohrbach, a local tailor, gave the doctor two custom-made suits. And even local doctors traded their services for dental work. One Thanksgiving, a live turkey appeared on the porch. Lewis Hine, who was a close friend of the Finkelsteins, took family portraits to pay for his dental work."
[Source: Hastings-Historical Society]