This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features a young woman in the rain, holding an umbrella. Search as I might, I couldn’t find the photo I was looking for – an old family photo of a woman with a parasol. As I looked at the prompt again, I looked for the other details. The street, cobbles, old cars, puddles. Puddles! I have just the thing, I think.
This cabinet card photo features a precocious looking little boy named Ralph Walker, about 4 years old. Unfortunately with a name like Ralph Walker, it is nearly impossible to determine exactly who he was. The photographer is equally anonymous at this point. The East End Gallery in Decatur, IL was known to have been in business in the 1890s,but little else is known. Don’t you think little Ralph here would prefer to toss that hat in the air and go splash in some puddles?
This unnamed little guy looks like he knows how to find puddles in a desert. The clothing looks like something out of Indian Guides, or similar type boys’ organization. The photograph is 20th century, but beyond that, I know nothing about it.
Here from the 1930s or 40s, is Harald Neushane (sp?). The spelling of the first name is Nordic. This one is also tricky because of the spelling of the last name. Is it Neushane? Is it Neushaus? It’s written in cursive and those e’s, u’s, and n’s can all blend together. I love how the cardboard mounting frame looks reminiscent of an art deco mirror or frame. The photographer was Woltz Studio, at 420 Ninth Street, Des Moines, IA. Harald certainly looks like he could shed those fancy stockings and bow tie in order to find some fun, doesn’t he?
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