They looked at the photo for a while, trying to decipher it. "That's Ma!" said my astonished Uncle Will. Or at least that's how I remember the story as it was told to me.
Lest you doubt this, here is a picture taken approximately 70 years later, of my grandmother Fanya , my grandfather Ben, and my then-new niece Jessie. Even given the arty fog of the old picture, these are no doubt the same woman:
Here's another picture of Fanya and Ben, about 60 years previous, when Ben still had his hair:
And here's a picture cropped from Fanya's high school graduation class photo. She attended the St. Petersburg Music Conservatory (where she studied piano), but I'm not sure whether that's the school she's graduating from here:
Oh, there are stories. I'll leave those for another time.
(With all these photos (including the nude), you can click to get a larger image.)