Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I mentioned in my last post that, while I don't really collect pictures of children, they have a tendency to show up in the files as throw-ins from some of the lots I buy. This one is dared "June 1918" I'd love to know if this photo was taken for a father serving in France, and if that father survived the war. or if her parents survived the flu pandemic that wiped out millions of people, worldwide, in the months after the war. I know it's a bit morbid, but did she live to see the next World War? I don't want to get into the whole vaccination debate, but it wasn't uncommon for children, in this era, to die from polio, measles, chicken pox, small pox, whooping cough, and rubella.
Monday, July 27, 2015
In general, I'm not all that big on pictures of kids, but when I buy lots....well they do have a tendency to accumulate. In any case, this one is a warning on info written on prints. "May 1952." This was either shot in the southern hemisphere, or someone made a mistake. It's not just the winter clothes, it's the bare trees in the background.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Written on the back, "Claude, Frank, Earl, Wilby." Got to admit it, love the last name. Anyway, don't know anything about horses, but I do know that there was an age when horses were working animals, pulling wagons and farm machinery. So, Clydesdales, Percherons, or some other breed? They all look the same to me.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Once again, it's time to return to the Waterbury Paper Box Co. Girls Club.....maybe. At least, it was taken at the same location, and while there are a lot more girls in this photo, there are also a lot of boys. Perhaps the girls club is having a Halloween party, and dates were invited. The costumes are all over the place, and some of the attendees are just nicely dressed rather than all dressed up. And oh those costumes. Let's see, girls in top hats and neckties and a couple of boys in ladies bonnets. There are wizards, nurses and sailors, and two really inappropriate outfits at least by the standards of our day. Look closely at the black face in the front row, bone in the nose, and grass skirt. And to that person's left, a girl with a black eye. Click on the image to bring it up in a bigger window, if needed.
I'll be leaving this album for three to four weeks, and when I return to this collection, I'll post the last five pages and finish things up. In the mean time, click on Waterbury Box Co. Album in labels to see everything posted, to date. Remember, start with number one, for the proper order.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
There are still a few wedding themed photos in the album, and this could be one of them. Newly weds starting their life together? Maybe, or perhaps it's an anniversary photo. Then again, a couple who just wanted a nice picture, together.
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Monday, July 20, 2015
As I promised when I started posting this album, all is revealed. Or at least the reason I titled it the Waterbury Wedding Album. Well, it's not a wedding photo, but the album is dominated by them, and the black, rubber stamped caption on this photo gives us Waterbury, and the Paper Box Co. And, it predates Where's Waldo, so perhaps the girls club was an inspiration for that silly stripped hat. Nah, I doubt it.
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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Talk about affluence. All that fur, captured in a studio photograph. Kodak made it possible for the average American to record their lives with snapshots but it took a certain amount of money to have a constant stream of studio portraits made.
Click on Waterbury Box Co. Album in labels at the bottom of the post to see everything to date.