|Carl and Hilda Gillberg|
|Carl Albert Gillberg |
in La Puente, California
So, I wonder how it happened. How did Carl lose the tip of his left forefinger? Or was it that way at birth?
According to a passenger list, Carl was a Tinsmith in Sweden. Perhaps he had a workplace accident and that's how he lost the tip of his forefinger. I can definitely understand how this could have happened after reading about tinsmithing. Wikipedia provided interesting information about the tools a tinsmith uses:
"Tinsmithing tools""The simple shapes made by the tinsmith required only a few basic tools. In addition to the big shears anchored in a hole in his bench he used hand snips and nippers for cutting. The tin was flattened on an anvil made of a block of steel. Straight and curved anvils (stakes) were used to turn and roll the edges of the tin. Solder was then used to join the pieces together; a soldering iron and fire pot were needed to do this."
Whether or not Carl's Tinsmith profession was the cause of his missing forefinger, I may never know. But what I do know is that valuable and interesting information contained in two Declarations of Intention caused me to look more carefully at photos I've had for a while now. And that's a good thing.
Thanks for reading!
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