Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past


About 6 months – 1906


For Mamma

Two photographs from the early 20th century, identified as Gerald Coe. In 1906, there were numerous boys named Gerald Coe born in America, so this is tricky. The only hint I have is a photographer named Gascon from London & Paris. The rubber stamp indicates “High Class Photographer” at 936 Main Street, but no city. So now you know as much as I do. We shall simply enjoy the serious baby face of the one photo and the almost cheeky expression of the other.

UPDATE: Thanks to Iggy, we now know this to be Gerald B Coe (1906-1990). See the comments for more detail. Thanks Iggy!!

8 thoughts on “Gerald Coe

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Given the address is “English” and not “French”, I think we can conclude that the photo was taken in London (which does have a 936 Main Street.

    I don’t know if this helps ID “Jerry”! I’ll look investigate some later – when time permits. :)


  2. IntenseGuy says:

    I think there is a reasonable chance this is Gerald Burke Coe (b. 3 Feb 1906 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota) to George Leslie Coe and Lillie Adelette Hoxtell (both parents were born in England). According to the 1910 US Census, the family lived in Portland, Oregon in Gerald’s grandfather’s house (father George is missing). In 1920, Gerald is listed as the stepson of William G Copley and living in Washington, DC. In 1930, Gerald is living in Spaulding, Prince George´s, Maryland, still with his step-father at age 24.

    In 1932, he graduated from the University of Maryland with honors earning a Bachelor of Science degree.

    In 1940, Gerald is married and living in Shasta, CA with his wife Josephine F. and daughter Carolyn Ann (age 3). He is listed as a Civil Engineer by profession doing “Wage or salary worker in Government work”.

    Gerald died on 8 Dec 1990 in Falls Church City, Virginia. The public record shows he also lived in Woodstock, GA at one time. His step-father is listed as a employee for the US census bureau.

    Of course nothing proves this bio is for the little guy in the photo…. :)


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      I went back and looked at the photos because I remembered one has a different name on it. I actually bought two of the longer ones because of that. One says Mamma and one says Eva. Does that help at all? :-)


  3. IntenseGuy says:


    Shows the obituary of what appears to be a second (or subsequent) wife, with daughter Carolyn Ernest nee’ Coe as a survivor.


  4. IntenseGuy says:

    Yes it does. Father George Leslie Coe’s parents were Almon B. Coe and Eva S. Bunce!


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      you really are amazing!


  5. Auntie Kat says:

    As I read all the travels of this little one I thought he was well travelled for the time. He saw a lot of our country in the first half of the last century.


  6. Cool..Iggy is back! Great ID once again:)


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