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# Monday, April 30, 2012
Ancestor Mystery Photos: Unidentified Kids
Posted by Maureen

Thank you for all the pictures of your ancestors' cute kids!

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These little girls are named Josie Powell and Nannie Wilson. Don't you love their identical outfits? They are in a photo album owned by Gwen Prichard. She's trying to establish a relationship between them. Perhaps their mothers were friends? The two girls are even the same height.

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Candace Buchanan emailed this lovely trio dressed for winter. The boy in the middle wears attire from his family's cultural background. Buchanan bought the image at an auction and only knows that it was taken in Waynesburg, Pa. Is the dog real or a stuffed prop? It looks a bit unnatural to me.

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This unhappy little fellow (look at that expression) posed with hat in hand in the 1860s. Bonnie Bybee-Bolster isn't sure if he from her Young or her Brown family line. The families lived in Baraboo/Delton, Wis.

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Another 1860s pose.  You can see the brace at this girl's feet. I love the fact that she holds a parasol. Rachel Pierce bought this image because of the little girl's shoes. Unfortunately, the photo is completely unidentified.

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Shelley Baumeister isn't sure who the child is wearing an oversized collar in this photo. She thinks the child is a girl. I think she's right because of the center part in her hairstyle. This photo was passed down through Shelley's maternal line. This child posed in 1887 in Dubuque, Iowa.

I'll be back next week with more photos of children. My inbox is full of gorgeous images.


Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor:

  • Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album

  • 1860s photos | 1880s photos | children
    Monday, April 30, 2012 3:16:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [1]
    Monday, June 18, 2012 2:10:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
    The girl with the umbrella could be a Mori Memento picture. There appears to be a wide wooden brace behind both feet supporting the girl. This was a common practice since families seldom could afford or had access to photographers during this period, and this was often the only photos families had of thier loved one.
    BambiSlayer
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