They lived in Lynn, a rather gritty northern suburb of Boston, once a city of shoe factories and immigrant workers (French Canadian, Irish, Polish, Italian, Greek), site of a large General Electric plant, and (according to Wikipedia) "long colloquially referred to as the 'City of Sin,' owing to its historic reputation for crime and vice."
Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin,
you'll never come out the way you went in,
what looks like gold is really tin,
the girls say 'no' but they'll give in,
Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin.
Lynn is home to Durkee-Mower, makers of Marshmallow Fluff.
Bessie's classmates (whose names are inscribed on the backs of the photos) command our attention and consideration, one by one:
(died 1997, Wife of the late William J. "Bud" Manning Jr.)
(Concetta was still alive, at 105, in 2016)
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