Charles Harshberger, "12th Annual Twins Convention, Grand Rapids, Michigan", 1946, gelatin silver print, 14x40”. Courtesy of David Winter, Winter Works on Paper, Brooklyn, NY.

Charles Harshberger, “12th Annual Twins Convention, Grand Rapids, Michigan”, 1946, gelatin silver print, 14×40”. Courtesy of David Winter, Winter Works on Paper, Brooklyn, NY.

Charles I. Harshberger

This engaging image was taken at the International Twins Convention of 1946, depicts participants of the 12th annual convention ever held. Following this convention, the Michigan Twins Association was established to give twins and multiples and their families opportunities to make new friendships, re-establish old ones, and enjoy their bond with one another in a supportive environment. Since that time, annual conventions or reunions have been held every 4th weekend in June in different cities in Michigan to encourage these goals, much like the annual Twins Day Festival held in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Charles Harshberger (1888-1967) was a photographer based in the Grand Rapids Michigan area. Little is known about him but he shot a variety of events in and around his hometown with prints that often bore a stamp with the name “Chas I. Harshberger”