January 2012


From the archives comes an unused post card, or “Carte Postale” as it says on the back, from Europe. It has no stamp and no writing, therefore it is actually “brand new”. I would have to say that the rough-looking bunch posing with a Gearhart Knitting Machine are likely from Serbia and the photo was probably taken in the 1916 time frame, during WW-I. The Gearhart Knitting Machine Company had a contract with the Serbian Red Cross during this period, so I think this photo would be related to that contract.

The upper right corner of the post card is slightly stained from fingerprints. This post card was probably passed around many times, from Emory to Joseph, and then on to Leonard, then John, and then to some of the factory workers with oil on their hands, and then back to Emory. Since the post card is likely from 1916, those stains would probably be about 96 years old now.

So why doesn’t anyone smile on old photographs. Have you noticed? In fact, the older the photo, the less, and less, and less a person smiles. I think those new-fangled camera machines must have been serious business to someone that had never had their photo taken before (except for that guy on the right; he’s obviously a happy dude). 🙂

I’ve got a collection of old family phtotographs as well as Gearhart Knitting Machine photographs. It is pretty easy to figure out the time and place for the Gearhart Knitting Machines, but those family photos, well, that’s another story.

Take this photo, for instance. The caption says “At Home, 1916 Xmas”. And then in the lower right corner something is written which I cannot make out. Is it the name of the man playing the piano? What is “home”, I wonder? Whose home is this? I’m positive its Emory’s handwriting, so the man at the piano surely must be someone very close.

Of Joseph’s three sons, Leonard (b. 1874, d. 1962) would have been 42, John (b. 1877, d. 1965) would have been 39, and Emory (b. 1888, d. 1969) would have been 28. The side profile doesn’t look like Emory. Plus, Emory did not play the piano.

I suspect you’d probably have to be a close descendant of one of the three sons to make an identification. If you think you can figure out the location and name of this person, I’d sure like to hear from you.

Thanks everybody for continuing to check my blog every now and then. I can see from the statistics, that there are many interested people out there.

So, it been over a year since I last posted…. I bet you are wondering what happened, especially since I’m still logging on to approve and reply to comments.

The archive material is still here. I have, however, added one more family member, and since I’m in the computer industry, I’ve been working hard to stay afloat in this awful economy. Therefore, I haven’t a lot of extra time.

Sophie Gearhart is now a little over one year old, and she is the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen. Of course, I’m 55, so at my age everyone thinks that she’s my grand daughter. In reality though, … I’m doing some math here … so when I’m 77, she’ll be just be graduating from college? Does that mean I’ve got to keep working until I’m 77? Holy smokes.

As I have time, I’m going to try and re-gain some momentum on the history of the Gearhart Knitting Machine Company. There is a lot to say still. I may diverge into old family history, but that’s OK also.

I have recently been in touch with some family members, so hopefully we can share some information and provide some interesting history for your reading pleasure.