Ma Barker and Sons
The Barker Gang was notorious in the 1920's and 30's for robbing and kidnapping. Arizona "Ma" Barker was born in Ash Grove, Missouri which is about 30 miles from where I live. Her sons were all born in Aurora, Missouri which is also about 30 miles from where I live. I purchased the photo below from an antique store. Marked on the back were "Ma "P"arker & Sons". One possibility for the mis-marking of the photo was probably due to the fact that it is a later marking and the person that marked it had probably been told who was in the photo at an earlier date and thought they were told "Parker". There are only two known photos of Arizona "Ma" Barker. I believe this is the third. This photo was probably taken during the late teens to early 1920's judging by the style of the matte and the clothing. That would make "Ma" around fifty and her boy's in their early 20's. The known photos of them are from the mid 1930's. Ma and Freddie were killed in 1935 in a shoot out with the FBI in Florida. Doc was killed trying to escape from Alcatraz Prison. Ma Barker and all four of her boys were shot to death. You can find all of this information in the links below.
I was contacted May 6th -2010 by a researcher that has made some corrections to the record concerning Ma Barker and her boys. A very interesting point he made to me was that Ma Barker's mothers name was Emaline Parker. This could be why the photo is signed Parker instead of Barker.
Here is a link to a photo of Henry Ford in 1919 wearing the exact same collar as Fred and Doc Barker are wearing in my photo dating my photo to the exact time period to match their age at the time:
Doc, Arizona and Fred Barker - The Ellison Collection
Ma Barker - The Ellison Collection Ma Barker - FBI Files
Link to Fred Barker Photo:
Fred Barker - The Ellison Collection Fred Barker - FBI
Arthur "Doc" Barker - The Ellison Collection Doc Barker - FBI
Arthur "Doc" Barker - Alcatraz Prison