Baby Bad Hair Day

Continuing our bad hair day examples, this sweet baby had curly hair which made it difficult for her mama to dress it with any sort of style.  Her hair is wildly trying to escape whatever pomade or oil may have been used on it, and it just looks adorable.

Baby also is wearing a cross that looks giant on her, and knitted booties. I’m guessing she was around 10-12 months old, because she is sitting up very well and holding on to the chair for balance.

This photograph was made by Crosby, in Lewiston, but what country is unknown.


To Wish You A Merry Christmas


Pretty Madonna

This vintage post card is an example of the art deco styles that were popular in the early 20th century. It features a Madonna and child plus an additional angel, surrounded by holly and scroll work. The card was beautifully embossed and gilded. The card was not mailed. No manufacturer name is present, but the card was printed in Germany. The stamp box indicates in English “Domestic One Cent / Foreign Two Cents” suggesting it was intended for the American market.

Merry Christmas & a Stagecoach


Kids and fireplaces

Here is a card from the third branch of the Klein family, and it’s funny that this card also features a stagecoach, which appeared on a previous Klein card from a different branch. They must all have shopped at the same place. These kiddies are also in front of a fireplace, with Susan in her best dress in a rocking chair, and Augie in a little infant seat. Susan is holding a giant candy cane. I also recognize the bells that are hanging from the mantle as being similar to ones shown on a previous Klein family card. The card is signed from August, Abigail, Susan & Augie Klein.

Merry Christmas and a new baby!


Reading stories to the littles

Here we have Fred holding Kathy and Isobel holding Karen, reading stories in front of the pretty fireplace. A stocking hangs on the mantle. This is a Klein family card.

The back says “We are looking forward to seeing Jennie D in January.”

The Faded Girl

Faded girl W

Where are you, sweet child?

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Decorative backmark for May & Co.

This later 19th century photograph, a CDV, once showed a pretty child, posed upon a chair, with round baby face youth looking out at her parents. Today, we know she was there, but over time the image has faded to a grainy suggestion of its former glory. I don’t know enough about vintage photographic processes to even suggest what has caused the photo to fade so badly. Perhaps it was exposed to direct sunlight, or perhaps it wasn’t developed properly in the first place.

The photographer was May & Co, of Station Road, Northwich, England. Northwich is in the county of Cheshire, northwest of London. I found a reference in an 1892 directory for Northwich, to a George Austin May & Co, photographer in Station Road.


Hello, baby

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Baby with a shawl

Before I gave you all those wonderful Christmas cards, I teased you about a tintype that would make you say “awww.” Well, two months later, I hope you didn’t hold your breath, but here it finally is!

This baby was photographed by T. M. Saurman, as were several previous portraits (to view them click on the category T. M. Saurman under photographers). The child’s hair was carefully parted over the forehead, suggesting to me that this is a girl. The shawl may be for looks, or may be a way to tie the baby to the chair. It also appears there is *something* to her left, like the arm of a parent. The mount features embossed scrolling to frame the image with dramatic and beautiful effect.

Ooh, baby it's a smile world

Taken at T. M. Saurman’s Superior Skylight Gallery

Unfortunately for us, the baby and her supposed parents were not identified.


Streeter Family Update

For several years now, I have been tracking the Streeter Family – the subject of the C. Murray Album, which was given to me by a good friend. Little did my friend know I was going to become slightly obsessed with this family in the hopes of figuring out who they were. Sometimes I find new information, sometimes people contact me through, where I have created a Streeter Family tree in the hopes of connecting with the family. I find people will copy the photos on the family tree, but rarely connect to share information.

Well, my friend C. Murray just the other day found some more information that may shed light on this lost family.

Kate Parrish Streeter and child

Kate Parish Streeter and child

First is this beautiful portrait of Kate Parish Streeter and her child. Originally, I thought this curious baby was a girl because of the delicate facial features. The back of the photo carried a note that the photo was made on May 6, 1892 when the child was 15 months and 10 days old (making the date of birth January 28, 1891.) The child died a mere 22 days after this photo was taken, although the cause I do not know. C. Murray found a memorial on indicating that the baby was named B. Alford Streeter, dob January 26, 1891, death on May 28, 1892. B. Alford is interred in in the Riley Cemetery in Riley, Kansas.

Although we know on some level that childhood mortality was much higher prior to vaccinations becoming widely used in the 20th century, it is still sad to see a tiny child, just toddling along and learning about the world around him, only to be stopped short in his tracks. Although the memorial for B. Alford has dates of birth and death, there does not appear to be a photo of his marker. I have requested a photo from a volunteer and hopefully will hear more in the following days.

Second is beautiful little Flora Moses, cousin to B. Alford Streeter.

Flora - 7, Abbie - 4, Clyde - 9, taken in 1891

Flora – 7, Abbie – 4, Clyde – 9, taken in 1891

Pretty little Flora did not survive to have another portrait taken with her family and I really could not find anything to indicate why. Again, C. Murray found a memorial on with more detail.

Flora was the second child of George and Abbie Streeter Moses, who lived in Junction City, KS with their entire extended family. This photo is the last in the album to show Flora, and on the 1900 census she was not listed. According to the memorial, Flora perished on May 8, 1892 (just two days after the above photo of her cousin B. Alford was made). Her marker indicates she was 7 years, 10 months, 25 days of age at the time of her death. That puts her date of birth about September 14, 1884. And while we still do not know the cause of her death, somehow knowing when helps in processing the emotions. I was truly devastated when I first discovered her death, and the sadness still resonates as my daughter today is about 7 years and 10 months old. Life is fleeting.

For a full summary of the Streeter family, please visit the Streeter Family Overview that I wrote. I continue to be hopeful that someone, someday will find this site and be able to provide more information about the family. I feel like they are my family after all this time.

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