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.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Cute Kids and the Latest Fashions

The French laundry list is fascinating. Note that there are several pieces of clothing listed  that we never use: Guimpes for little girls was one I'd never heard of. If you google it you get some fascinating descriptions!
And I'd swear the little boy in the last picture looks like a little man instead, but we know he is a cousin of Lena's son Colon. Hope you enjoy these pictures!  Chris


  1. Very cool ,love the laundry list !

  2. Awesome photos, there is something eternal and wistful about the old photos, it connects you to the past, even if the folks pictured aren't related to you.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog,
    I'll be sure to check back again!