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Faces of America: Photos at the Twins Day Festival

Photographer Glenn Glasser visits the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio to get an inside look at what it's like to see double.

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Fred & Ned Mitchell

Twinsburg, Ohio
Ned: “There was a time when they said two brothers can’t go to Vietnam, and we said the only way we’d go is together. So we went together, and we came back together.”

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Missi Rich & Marsi Briggs

Twinsburg, Ohio
Missi: “I’m a recent breast cancer survivor, so that’s our only difference right now.”

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Shane & Shawn Riggins

Twinsburg, Ohio
Shawn: “We always joke and say we knew each other before our mom knew us! I can still tell if he’s having a good or bad day depending on how my body is feeling.”

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Rachel & Rhoda Jackson

Twinsburg, Ohio
Rachel: “When we were little, if we got mad at each other, our mom would always say, ‘Suck it up and hold hands!’ And that’s what we would do—we would suck it up, stop crying and fussing, and hold hands.”

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Riley & Mallory Pilat

Twinsburg, Ohio
How do you assert yourself as your own individual, apart from your sister?
Mallory: “Well, I have earrings, and she doesn’t.”

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Harvey & Steven Sherman

Twinsburg, Ohio
“We were freshmen, but we were varsity doubles. The people we were competing against would say, ‘How do we know you didn’t serve twice?!’ they used to call us double-double, trouble-trouble.”

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Skyler & Spencer Nick

Twinsburg, Ohio
Skyler: “I see a lot of similarities between us—it beats looking in the mirror!”

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Ed & Don Makielski

Twinsburg, Ohio
“It seemed like every day in World War II was the same really. We got all the way out to the side pan before they separated us. They said 90 percent won’t make it on the first wave, and 70 percent on the second wave. That’s the odds they gave us, and then Truman dropped the bomb. If he hadn’t, we wouldn’t be here, because on those odds, if you hit the beach, you never got off.”

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Logan & Carter Rippel

Twinsburg, Ohio
“I like green beans. He doesn’t.”

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Patricia & Amy Davis

Twinsburg, Ohio
How do you deal with competition?
Patricia: “I always win!”
Amy: “We’re very competitive.”
Patricia: “I always win.”

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Judy & Janice Whitney

Twinsburg, Ohio
“When we were little, our own father couldn’t tell us apart! He called us Twinny. He was a doctor and, when one of us was sick, he was angry at the other one for not taking her medicine!”

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Katherine & Caroline Fertig

Twinsburg, Ohio
Katherine: “When mom’s angry at Caroline, she’ll start screaming at me! I’ll say, ‘Mom, are you mad at me or mad at my face today?’ and she’ll say she’s mad at my face!”

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Monika & Violetta Syzmanska

Twinsburg, Ohio
“Growing up, if one of us got into trouble, we both did. It was automatically, ‘The twins did it!’ They didn’t call us by our names for the longest time.”

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