Sunday, April 19, 2015

Family Photo: Clara Tillie Bukowski

Clara Tillie Bukowski was born 3 August 31, 1903 . She was the daughter of Polish immigrants Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski.

The date on the photograph is unknown. However the sailor outfit Clara is wearing allows the date of the photograph to be approximated.

The sailor outfit for children shows up in historical photos dating from 1910. The outfits were common for school students. In photos of children and young girls sailor outfits with the V stripes were common. Clara appears to be wearing a middy blouse with a skirt. By 1919 the sailor style was considered good taste for girls age 14-18.

The sailor outfit of the type Clara was wearing was associated with children and students - making it likely the photograph of Clara was taken before she was married in 1922. Given Clara looks so young she may have been photographed as a young teenager. The photograph was most likely taken between 1917 and 1921.  If the photograph was taken in 1917 Clara would have been 14 years old. If the photograph was taken in 1921 Clara would have been 18 years old.

Clara married Stanley Pietrzak in 1922.  Helen's sister Helen recorded Clara's name on the photograph. 
  Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; Clara T. Bukowski 
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Clara Tillie Bukowski is my 2nd great aunt. She was the sister of my great grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen is the mother of my paternal grandfather Arthur Murosky. 


  1. References to children's sailor dress.

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