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.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Today I'm presenting 5 pictures of young siblings, two fun and three a bit more serious.

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


  1. Those are all so cute! I especially love the first one, little kids being little kids. It could be from today!

  2. Chris
    Thanks for visiting my blog ( I came by to visit yours, too, and LOVE these photos. Do you allow people to use them in their crafting or other projects? I sell frames in my antique shop booth & I like to put old photos in them. August is a back to school theme & I wanted to put children's photos in them. Would you mind if I used some?

    Again, thanks for visiting my blog!