Martin Herman Fiegenbaum
1895 — 1980
A dapper Martin Fiegenbaum
Martin is clearly someone who took pride in making the right impression. Even as a child he was stylish.
In the photo on the right, Martin displays a common trait of a Missouri farmer. His forehead, normally shaded by his work hat, is untouched by the sun, while the rest of his face sports a ruddy tan. I recall that such sharp distinctions between exposure and shelter were a common sight on any summer Sunday morning in church. This mark of occupation was also evident on biceps, where short-sleeved dress shirts, necessary in the brutal heat, did not match the style of more casual work-day apparel. And on an older gentlemen sitting in the pew in front of you, there was the shocking white of a bald spot contrasting with the angry crimson of a sun-burnt neck. The demarcations might fade slightly in winter or after retirement, but on many men they never disappeared entirely.
Martin H. Fiegenbaum, proud car owner