Are you my mother(-in-law)?


When Fred first moved to Cleveland, he rented a petite carriage house behind a clapboard mansion off Fairmount Avenue in Cleveland Heights. The unheated bedroom made for frigid early mornings, but the neighborhood with tree-lined streets, churches and cafes, suited him well. Little did he know, it would also open a window into his mother’s past.

Shortly after he’d moved in, Fred’s mother mentioned a friend of hers who lived in Cleveland. Dudley worked for the US military in Germany while she served in the USO in the early 50s. She suggested Fred might look him up.

Much to their surprise, Dudley and his wife, Sally, lived a mere five or six doors down from the carriage house. Fred paid a visit, and Dudley was able to give him insight into the twenty-something woman who left her Chicago home for a European adventure.

Recently, we rescued several hundred slides from a shed in humid Port Charlotte, Florida. This is the second posting of pictures from Jean Jones’ travels in Europe and North Africa, c. 1953.

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