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.


Baby in a chair

Sit still

Sit still

Even though this is an outdoor photograph, looking a lot like a snapshot, it was mounted on bristol board and bears a photographer’s mark. The embossed mark indicates Hornick was the photographer, from Johnstown, PA. Johnstown, PA was the site of a terrible flood in 1889 that claimed the lives of over 2000 residents in the valley. What today would be recognized as corporate greed, failure to take accountability, and a general disinterest in “the little people” contributed to the failure of the South Fork Dam, which created Lake Connemaugh for the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club – which counted among its members the wealthy, businessmen and captains of industry. Click over to Map of Time, where there is a great summary of the terrible day. For a gripping and more extensive narrative, look into The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullough.

Baby in a chair

Babe in a chair

Babe in a chair

This particular cabinet card was trimmed along the top, presumably to fit into a frame. The child looks to be about 6 months of age, round of face and sweet looking. At first I thought this might be a boy, but then noticed the necklace, so am guessing at a girl. The chair is the typical velvet-upholstered affair common in portrait studios even today.

The photographer was Kimball at 140 Court Street, Boston.

Happy baby

Happy baby

Happy baby

This baby is very happy! Look at the bright eyes and smile while the infant looks off at Mama or Papa. Babies start to smile socially around 6-8 weeks of age on average, though some start younger and some wait a while longer. Before that age, babies smile reflexively from various stimuli, including gas, hunger, tickling and cuddling. The social smile is an intentional smile. These are the best smiles, especially when Baby is very young. It is a special moment shared between Baby and Mama or Papa, Auntie or Grandma, and there isn’t much that can compare. when a baby has very few ways to express herself, a cry or a smile go a long way.

The photographer of this smiling tot was Smith out of Columbus, IN. The style of print and mount are consistent with the 1920s.

Another rescued photo

Rudd 27


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.

Rudd 27-1

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.


Basinette greetings

Christmas 2


An unidentified but adorable baby in a basinette, wishing friends and family “with the best of holiday wishes.” The photo Christmas card is the same size as some previously posted – a 4×5 on heavy card, and this one has a beveled edge. Others have deckled edges or rounded corners.

Roger Bain

Here is a boy of about 10-12 months of age, named Roger Bain. Unfortunately with no location or even a year, it’s difficult to pin this one down. I have a similar style photo of my uncle, so I did a search for Roger Bain born in 1930 +/- 5 years and the list is extensive. Plus, he could have been born closer to 1935. There really is no way to know.

This style of photo was printed on the mount with a large margin around the photo, making it stand out when framed.

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