Rebecca Lepkoff in the Schott NYC Showroom
I was watching a great documentary about the history of NYC the other day which told of immigrants coming to the United States in the early 1900's full of hope. They had dreamed of coming to this great land with streets paved of gold. Paraphrasing one of the immigrants interviewed, they basically discovered 3 things. 1) The streets weren't paved with gold. 2) The streets weren't actually paved at all. 3) The immigrants were expected to pave the streets.
It reminded me of a meeting I had a few months ago with a 94 years young Rebecca Lepkoff. Rebecca grew up in the lower east side of New York City, blocks away from the Original Schott Bros. store on East Broadway. She was associated with the Photo League, the legendary New York based group of photographers whose goal was dedicated to using photography to capture everyday life and promote social involvement. Her stories were captivating, and her photographs were incredible! I highly recommend her book for anyone interested in early Americana or New York history.