The first is from the early 1900's, but I don't know the exact date. The pants of the child on the left are, I believe, leather, and of an interesting cut. I love the interaction of the two kids. I think he's giving her a drink from a cup of something.
The next picture shows two brothers, from the very early 1900's. The boy's shirts are interesting in the exquisite detailing. There is a handkerchief in each boy's pocket I would love to see. The picture is sad because the boy on the left is obviously very ill.
The third picture is sweet. It shows an older brother giving his younger brother a kiss. I'd like to meet their barber--to give him/her a piece of my mind! (although it probably was their mom or dad.)The next picture presents two young girls; this picture is pre-1900. The look in the younger child's eyes is wonderful. Their dresses are identical in design, and very pretty. Their shoes, however, don't look very comfortable. I remember Buster Brown's when I was a kid--they took forever to wear in, and just about the time, after a month or two, that they finally got comfortable, along came another pair to break me in! The girls' shoes look broken in but I'll bet they were miserable when first worn.
As an aside, do those of you who are over 50 remember why we weren't allowed to wear patent leather shoes when we were young? We were told that boys might be able to see up our dresses by reflection from the shiny leather. I remember that some of the teachers were quite insistent that they shouldn't be worn. It was fine with me. They weren't any more comfortable than the Buster Browns!
The final picture is of three very tired kids. I imagine they had been in front of the camera for quite a while. The littlest one has an ominous frown which foretells real trouble if this doesn't end soon!. And if anyone can tell me what that ribbon and ?tag? around her neck is for, I'd love to know.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did. Thanks you for visiting my blog! Chris