13 July 2016

The Blitzkreig Bar : Moore and O'Hare

Cousins Ralph "Bucky" Moore and Jack O'Hare with their wives, Theresa (left) and Martha (right) pose at the "Blitzkreig Bar", c. 1945, taken in New York while Jack was on furlough.
Theresa (O'Reilly) and Ralph "Bucky" Moore, and Martha (Tyler) and John Joseph "Jack" O'Hare.
"The Blitzkreig Bar." Real photo postcard c. 1943-45, New York. Collection of E. Ackermann, 2016.
This is such a great photo.

It's only been in the past year that I've been able to identify these folks. With the help of my newly discovered cousins this photo mystery has been solved!

Back of postcard. "Taken when Jackie was home on furlough. This was taken in New York." Theresa & Ralph Moore, with Martha & Jack O'Hare. WWII.
Back of "Blitzkreig Bar"postcard.
"Taken when Jackie was home on furlough.
This was taken in New York"
Left to right we see Theresa (O'Reilly) and Ralph "Bucky" Moore, and Martha (Tyler) and John Joseph "Jack" O'Hare.

Bucky, as he was widely known, is the son of Minerva "Minnie" (Dixon) and William Moore. Jack is the son of Clara Viola "Toots" (Dixon) and John Joseph O'Hare. Minnie and Toots were sisters of my grandfather, Wallace B. Dixon.

Bucky and Jack were my grandfather's nephews, but there wasn't a great age difference between them. Wally Dixon was nineteen years younger than his sister Minnie! Bucky was four years younger than his Uncle Wally, and Jack was ten years younger than Bucky.

It makes sense that this photo was with my grandfather's collection. He must have been great friends with his nephews. In fact, Bucky named one of his son's in honor of my grandfather!

A few notes about "The Blitzkreig Bar" 


I was hoping to learn more about the photo so I did a Google search. I didn't learn much, but did find other photos with the same backdrop.

You can find one at Nelson History [scroll down to the bottom of the page] that has a group of British sailors pictured. Included is the information that the photo was taken in New York. There is another one over at Flickr with comments from people with similar photos indicating a date of 1943, and locations of New York and Coney Island.


Special thanks to the descendants of Bucky Moore and Jack O'Hare, who were key in solving this photo mystery, and in providing so much good information.

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