Long Beach

Helga at the beach

Elly and her daughter escaped the sweltering city for the pleasures of Long Beach.


Long Beach—taking in the Klein Family

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During the Depression, families helped each other out. The Kleins moved in with the Rubys in Long Beach.

The corkscrew on eBay—sourcing family artifacts

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Out of the files of the U.S. Patent Office and into the peculiar subculture of corkscrew collectors.

Young man on the make in the Roaring Twenties

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Walter Ruby hustled his way as a traveling silver salesman, with some career side trips into boxing promotion and medicinal alcohol.


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