Small sailor boy

Hold on to that chair!

Hold on to that chair!

I always wonder at the thinking of a photographer putting a child in such a precarious location for a photograph. Were the parents at all concerned? Was this something that even crossed the Victorian & Edwardian minds of parents at the turn of the 19th to 20th century? This little fellow looks as thought he is safe, and so we shall not worry overmuch. Note his outfit has short elasticized drawers under it, much like the “tillies” under girls dresses today to cover a diaper. Yes they had elastic and yes they used it. Elastic was invented in the 1850s or 60s.

This is the last Rudd family photograph I will feature because I really want to return the collection to the family. There are snapshots and some 20th century images as well as postcards that I know the family will cherish and enjoy for many years to come. I will also be sending a CD with all of the scans on it so my contact can share them with family members.

To view the collection that I have posted, click on the Rudd Family category to the right.


A Rudd Family Gathering

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View one, slightly damaged

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View two, slightly different angle

Here we have two virtually identical photographs of a Rudd family gathering, in an unknown location, but it appears a few generations are present – from a young girl center front to an old grannie in the middle of the group. You can see the photographs are from just slightly different angles, and one was damaged somehow. Their borders are different, indicating they were processed by different photo companies. The photo looks to date from some time in the mid 20th century. I’m not very good with 20th century clothing, so that’s my best guess.

We have just about wound down the Rudd family photos, with just one or two more for your perusal, then I will be sending them home to reside with Rudd family members to be researched, cherished and enjoyed for years to come!

Another rescued photo

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Here’s another real photo postcard from the Rudd collection that has yellowed with age.  I figured since I was so successful with Picnic the other day I’d give this one a try.

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More detail visible

I still need some practice as this is a bit too purple and blue for my liking, but you can now really see the sweet smile on the baby’s face, the way he or she is tweeking his toes together, and the layers of fabric in the dress and padding. Again the photo is unidentified, unfortunately.


A boy and a dog

Hi Fella

Hi Fella

This real photo postcard from the Rudd collection is an AZO brand with the triangles all pointing up, so that dates it to between 1904-1918. The boy and his dog pose in the yard or field. The dog looks like a retriever of some kind. In the background there appears to be a picnic taking place. It’s a lovely, pastoral image that makes me think of easier, slower times, warm sunshine and the smell of outdoors – sun baked grasses, trees, wet earth and flowers…


Blur on the edges

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You can’t see me!

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt has a wealth of directions in which to travel. I could have showed you a storefront, or people on a stoop, or even an old business, but since I already used all of those for previous posts I needed a new angle. I have been wanting to showcase this photo, and the prompt photo also has blurred movement on it, so here we are.

From the Rudd collection, you can just barely make out the little girl in this photo. The photo itself is about 2 inches by 2.5 inches. The exposure is terrible and I can’t tell whether it is due to time, exposure to the elements, or just bad photographic processing that is causing the image to be so darned dark. I remembered about a little program called Picnic that is available for free if you use Google+ (which I do) and wondered, what can be done to reveal what is hiding here?

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But now you can!

And voila! We have a blurred but cute image of a child sitting on or standing by a garden fence, holding a stick or flower, with vines and a wide yard in the background. What a nice story it tells. I can see why the photographer wanted to capture this moment in the first place!

For other interpretations of the prompt, click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

Blurring the lines a bit

Women with guns and axes

Guns 'n axes

Guns ‘n axes

You really need to spend some time studying this great Rudd family picture. It’s a real photo postcard of a brand that is unfortunately unidentified by my regular source. Regardless, take a good look here. At first blush it looks like four women sitting outside a camping tent. Now, look in their laps.

Do not mess with these women! :-)

Three children, one very big bow

Three children, one big bow

Three children, one very big bow

This real photo postcard of the AZO brand shows three children somehow connected with the Rudd collection. Unfortunately, no one took the time to write on the back of the photo identifying who they are. The stamp box has the triangles pointing up on top and down on bottom, so that dates the card between 1910-1930. I’d guess this is somewhere in the middle of that range. I love how the socks are all a bit saggy, which to me indicates these are normal, rough and tumble kids who dressed up for this particular occasion.

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