This is a 1929 portrait of Hans Penndorf from Cleveland, Ohio. I'm not sure when Hans' family emigrated to American. Most German immigrants Americanized their first names. Although there are many Americans of German ancestry, very few are named Hans.
Hans was one of the first students at the Landon School. We are also unsure why Hans was sent so far away to school. This was rather unusual for boys this age. Perhaps the whole family moved.He is probably wearing his new school uniform. Many private schools did not have school uniforms with all the boys wearing precisely the same outfits, but rather requirements such as dark suits. It was probably up to the parents as to the styling of the suits or whether their son wore knickers or long pants. Notice that Hans wears conservative black long stockings rather than the knee socks with bright patterns that were becoming popular with knickers. The portrait was taken by the F.E. Nelson Studio in Cleveland, apparently just before Hans started school. The Landon Boys' School opened September 12, 1929, not a very propitious time for a private school. The school began using a comverted mansion on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. They moved soon after in 1934 to Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington. The school still operates in Bethesda as a non-sectarian school and has an excellent academic reputation.
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