Saturday, March 19, 2016

San Francisco Days: Seoul Sisters in the 1950's

In honor of National Quilting Day, I thought I'd post this patchwork quilt-like collection of Vasilev family photos taken in the San Francisco, between 1953 and 1957.

Lana K. Thomson, Tanya Sarsfield, and Elena Vasilev—the original Seoul Sisters—pose by a fireplace in 1950's San Francisco

The original Seoul Sisters: Svetlana, Tatiana, and Lena Vasilev

Lena Vasilev
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Tatiana Vasilev aka Tanya Sarsfield and Lena Vasilev

I believe these snapshots were taken in front 319 Masonic Avenue, right after the Vasilev family arrived in San Francisco. Before that, they lived in Seoul and Shinagawa, Tokyo. All these countries in such a short time. When I was their age, I'd lived in two California cities and changed schools maybe twice.

Natalie Vasilev, Stephany Mitrofanenko, and Svetlana Vasilev aka Lana K. Thomson
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Stephany Mitrofanenko in San Francisco, California 1950's

This is Stephany Mitrofanenko. You can read more about her here. These pictures were taken at 1831 Santiago Street in the Sunset District. Stephany lived in America for three years before passing away at the age of 80.

Tatiana Vasilev aka Tanya Sarsfield, Elena Vasilev, and Stephany Mitrofanenko
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Tatiana Vasilev aka Tanya Sarsfield, Stephany Mitrofanenko, and Lena Vasilev
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Natalie Vasilev aka Natalia Feodosievna Mitrofanenko, Lena Vasilev, and Stephany Mitrofanenko

I think these garden photos were taken at 766 18th Avenue in San Francisco, California. These snapshots are noteworthy in that they showcase the Seoul Sisters holding a puppy, as opposed to a cat of some sort.

Steve Oleg Sheveloff, Svetlana Vasilev aka Lana K. Thomson, Mariya Alexandrovna Vasilev aka Mary Sheveloff, Stephany Mitrofanenko, Natalie Vasilev, Lena Vasilev, and Tatiana Vasilev aka Tanya Sarsfield

This is a rare portrait of the entire Vasilev Family together. The foxy dude on the left is Steve Oleg Sheveloff, my first cousin, once-removed. To the right is Lana Thomson aka Svetlana Vasilev. To her right is Steve's mother, Mary Sheveloff aka Mariya Alexandrovna Vasilev. Then you have Stephany Mitrofanenko, Natalie Vasilev aka Natalia Feodosievna Mitrofanenko, Lena Vasilev, and Tanya Sarsfield aka Tatiana Vasilev.

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