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by Maureen A. Taylor

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# Monday, May 07, 2012
More Family Photos of Ancestral Children
Posted by Maureen

Last week I showcased your photos of ancestral children and this week it's a second installment.


This little guy is Sandra Jerome's grandfather, Ralph Frederick Jerome. He was born September 7, 1894 in Jordan, Scott County, Minnesota.   He's wearing attire approximate for boys less than 5--a skirt.  It's paired with a short jacket and a wide collared shirt. A cute hat sits on his head.  He doesn't seem old enough to be able to ride the photographer's tricycle prop.  It was likely taken circa 1899. 

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Can you spot the school photos in your family album?  They usually look something like this.  This 1899 photo depicts 11 year old Jennie Young. She's Bonnie Bolster's great aunt. 

The boy in the front row holds a sign--Coral School District no. 1 May 27, 1898.  The children wear a wide array of styles popular in that period. The flags in the background are likely for Memorial Day.

Thank you for sharing pictures of your ancestors as children!  I'm off to NGS in Cincinnati, Ohio. Please stop by my booth 712 and say hello.

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

  • 1900-1910 photos | children | school photos
    Monday, May 07, 2012 5:58:04 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [6]
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 5:04:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
    We have one old school photo - unfortunately it is just a fragment. It wasn't until I began scanning all of our photos that I realized my then young grandfather was one of the boys in it. From the looks of him, I think it has to be somewhere around 1905 - 1910. (He was born in 1892.)

    Probably a long shot, but I've been wondering if there was a way to identify the type of school or more from their clothes.

    He was in Manhattan, son of a NYC patrol policeman; I've assumed he simply went to public school, but they are pretty fancily attired in this photo!

    School Photo Fragment
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