Clothes, Religion

My grandmother, Julianna Pohlmüller, arrived in New York November 12, 1912. She was seventeen years old (in the picture she is just to the right of her father, the man with the hat). She left her small German-speaking Hungarian village immediately after her child (my uncle) was born. Because she was catholic, and the child's father was protestant, they were forbidden to marry. In New York she stayed at 335 E. 43rd St. with cousins who had arrived earlier. She was overwhelmed with the city, and was especially amazed at the lines of clothes strung between tenements. In her first letter home she commented, "New York ist mit Lumpen behängt!" (New York is hung together with rags!)

Two years later my grandfather arrived in New York; my uncle shortly afterwards. My grandparents soon married (in America there was no one to object), and raised two more children. 

Place(s): New York, Hungary
Year: 1912

– Philip Howard

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant