Thursday, January 30, 2014

African American Orphaned Photos Part #5

This is my fifth post of the African American photos that I purchased on Ebay. Most are taken in Chicago, Illinois and Saint Louis, Missouri during the 1920's and 1930's.

Please, if you recognize anyone or have clues for me, please let me know.  I would love to reunite these awesome photos to their descendants.

No Identification
"Me Now" Written on back

My Pal
Chicago, Illinois

Lovely young lady playing piano

Michigan 4322
1929 Chicago

Michigan Blvd
Chicago, Illinois

St. Louis

Moddie Taylor

[Update:  Thanks to Reginald H. Pitts, he corrected me on the name: Moddie Taylor.  Also revealing more information.  These photos may actually find their way home soon!  Thank you Reginald!!!]


  1. "Waddie" Taylor is actually Moddie Daniel Taylor (March 3, 1912 - September 15, 1976) who was teaching chemistry at Lincoln University(Missouri) in 1936, but would go on to earn a PhD from the University of Chicago in chemistry and work on the Manhattan Project before eventually winding up a distinguished career as head of the chemistry department at Howard University. You can find out more about him at his family's genealogical website; you might want to drop them a note-- I really am enjoying your blog. Thanks for posting these great photos. Reg Pitts (

    1. Wow Reginald! This is wonderful that you took the time to look at the name and discover who this individual is. I saw the name Moddie, but thought it could not be an actual name...Goes to show that you have to do the research. Thank you so for this...I will contact them. :-) I am so excited!!!

    2. This is a wonderful thing that you are doing. So much was stolen from people of Afican decent. we might not ever know all of it, like individually who by name and gender were thrown over board from slave ships and drowned. murdered. THESES WERE PEOPLE WITH NAMES AND FAMILIES. Who knows how many were murdered and anything about them. And those racist dogs took their names and gave them slave names. Separated them from their relatives. worked them with out any pay. Raped the women. who knows if there were hundreds or millions thrown over board and drowned. and the fact that know one was ever held responsible for the mass murders. You are doing a commendable job. keep up the good work. GOD BLESS YOU REAL GOOD.

  2. This is wonderful Yvette that you are getting some responses to your unknown photos..I hope they find their way home soon.

  3. Good luck in finding out these photos are of, and getting them back to their descendants!

  4. Great work, Yvette! So glad you got a "hit" on Moddie Taylor! :)


  5. Moddie D. Taylor, my 2nd cousin, thank you so much for posting his picture from 1936, I'm on Black History program next month in the community he was born.
    Spencer Taylor