Real photo postcard of a two people, possibly a married couple, identified on reverse as Otto and Sally Aalto or Otto and Sally Salto.
If they were surnamed Aalto, and considering that the card was purchased in Maine, I believe they may have been Otto and Sally (Partinen) Aalto of Monson, Maine. Many Finns moved to the Monson area to work in the slate quarries.
Otto Aalto was born in Finland on 18 June 1892, the son of Sakarens and Ida (Hakenen) Aalto. I probably butchered Otto's father's first name, but his name on Otto's marriage record is hard to decipher. If Otto's parents came to Maine also, it would have been after 1915, as their residence on the marriage record was Finland.
Sally (Partinen) Aalto was born in Finland about 1900, daughter of William and Amanda (Alrickson) Partinen, who all emigrated to Monson.
Otto and Sally were married at Monson, Maine, on 27 December 1915. Three children were listed with them in the 1930 Census of Monson. Otto worked at the slate quarries in the area.
If you have corrections to the above information or if you feel that the Otto and Sally Aalto or Salto pictured on the postcard are another couple entirely, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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