This is an old postcard that has been in our family for nearly a century. The center man staring at the camera is my great-grandfather Harry Jackson. He was a Railroad Fireman and Locomotive Engineer for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad from before 1908 to 1941. Nothing was ever written on the postcard and it is undated, but I would hazard a guess that it was taken in the 1920s. Everyone in the family has always been so fascinated that one of our relatives was pictured on a postcard that we never even noticed that they were standing in front of a train wreck!
We just focused so hard on Harry and vaguely registered the fact that there was a train in the background. We assumed he was at the train yard where he worked and the photographer came by to sell picture postcards. None of us ever took a close look at the background until recently. I am astonished at how unobservant my family is!
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