I love antique photos. You can learn so much about how things have changed, and again how little has. We inherited 3 trunks of photos from the late 1800's to the 1940s and 50's. Most came from an enigmatic, extremely hard working but photo-loving woman named Lena, an ancestor of my husband, born in 1879. She had more contacts, more postcards (several hundreds) and more photos of herself taken than anyone who is not a well know celebrity. She seems to have collected antique photos from all around her. She unfortunately didn't identify many, only writing "Lena" on many given to her. I think she assumed she would remember, and of course after that it wouldn't matter!

We are still sorting through all the stuff trying to piece together Lena's fascinating and sometimes tragic life. Meanwhile, here are a variety of photos, including some of the highest (and lowest!) fashion.

I have also included the very old family photos I have from my mom's side of the family.

I hope you enjoy, and thank you for visiting my blog.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

3 Antique Dolls

We recently found a very old picture of a child with a doll. It has a name on the back so we are able to place a  date of  approximately 1868. The picture is wonderful, as  the details are very clear:
I'm hoping to so some research into  children's clothing  and dolls of this period
The next photo has been on this blog before; I am posting it this time because it is also quite old, dating from about 1880.It is from a tintype. The doll isn't quite as visible but it is still interesting obviously well loved.  The child is Lena (see early posts).

The next photo we aren't able to identify in any way. It was in with Lena's photos.:

The final photo is of Colon's teddy bear (Colon was Lena's son) dating about 1904:

 I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!  Chris


  1. The little boy in the 3rd and unidentified photo has a doll that was popular in the late 20s through the 30s. His clothes seem more 20s to me. Don't know if this will help identify him or not but hope it does.

  2. these are great! as promised! ;)

    i have a good one of a girl with a bunny doll I got at an estate sale that I will scan and show you! Cant wait to see what you come up with in your research !

  3. I love the picture of the boy and teddy bear. So precious and sweet!