I was sorting out a whole pile of my papers the other day and this caught my eye.
My grandfather was a miner and this is his US immigration card for April 1930. I am surprised how well the photograph and pencil have lasted. I wonder why they did not use pen?
Just another thought but weren’t they the pencils that you had to lick to get them to write? I remember my granddad doing just that, habitually, with a short pencil he kept in his waistcoat pocket. I seem to remember that the resulting writing was purple in colour, and so was the tip of his tongue! The writing was quite permanent, more like ink than today’s pencil, so maybe that’s why?
Come to think of it, yes you don’t see people licking pencils anymore!
What a handsome chap, and such an adventure for those days! Every admiration for him.