Special Military Training?

Enjoy today two photos that show us that sometimes military training and camp isn’t all marching and push ups. I don’t know who the subjects are, but they were in the same pile as these pictures of Earl “E. B.” Scott and his buddy. Location and date are unknown but I’m guessing in the 1940s to 50s.


I’ve been neglecting you…

I had no idea it had been two months since my last post, and I really apologize! I think I have too many hobbies because I have been neglecting my other sites also, and that just isn’t acceptable. But, don’t you fret and don’t you frown, I have a ton of surprises in store for you!! I have just recently been trawling the “Worlds Longest Flea Market” in Tennessee and while most people were buying rustic windows and dishes, I was digging through the boxes of photos. No surprise there! I came away with nearly 100 new items to look at. It’s a matter now of scanning, but I hope to get that done here pretty soon. We are going to be doing some construction on our house in the next several months, so in advance I’m letting you know of my potential lapses, lol.

Just take a look at all these goodies!

Why yes, there are nearly 50 Christmas cards there!

A fine array of images to dig into!

So, I hope to get the site updated more often for your reading enjoyment, plus I do intend to continue my Christmas tradition of posting a Christmas Card a day during the holiday season. This year I have nearly 50 cards, so I expect we will begin in late November and continue through the New Year. That is going to be fun! One set of cards represents one family over more than 10 years. It will be an interesting progression, indeed!Until next week, dear friends, when the progression of fabulous vintage photographs begins anew…

Liberty Bell 12

Liberty Bell 14

Quite a hat!

Here is another W. P. Tilton photograph from the Liberty Bell album. This hat is certainly quite a creation! The Edwardian hats were designed to counterbalance the rounded bosom and protruding derriere that were popular at the time. A good hat could draw the eye up toward the face of the wearer, while the clothing hinted at the charms hidden beneath. This particular lady is also wearing eyeglasses, a high necked blouse and appears to have a cravat style jabot beneath her bodice. It is a high fashion statement, to say the least! We have several photographs by Tilton of Exeter, NH. To view them all, click on the Tilton category to the right.

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.

Eylar M Fillmore

Today’s photograph relates to Millard and Esther Fillmore, being this is Eylar Millard Fillmore, their son. Esther’s maiden name was Eylar and the couple decided to give him this traditional name. Eylar was born in 1889 in Pomona, CA and lived his entire life in the Los Angeles area.

This photo is identified on the back as Eylar’s graduation photo. At first I thought high school because his face is still soft and boyish. However the photo looks like something from a later time. Could this be from 1907?

Eylar registered for the draft in 1917, and in 1919 requested a passport so he could travel to Sonora Mexico on behalf of the Ford Motor Company. He was an Assistant Manager in the Ford organization by that point, so it makes me wonder if he was visiting a manufacturing plant or other supplier.

By 1930, Eylar was married to Lois M and they had a daughter Eloise who was 8 at the time of the census. They lived in Santa Barbara, just north of Los Angeles.  I found some other records indicating that by 1938, the couple had returned to the Los Angeles area and Esther lived with them. Their home on W 25th Street still stands and is just west of University of Southern California (USC). The 1940 census indicated that Eylar was in real estate.

In the 50s, Eylar and Lois lived in a lovely home in San Marino, the bedroom community surrounding Huntington Library, suggesting they had some affluence by this point. The home still stands and is simply beautiful. It is a Spanish style two-story bungalow. I wasn’t able to find much information on Lois or Eloise. Eylar lived until May 1984 when he passed away at the age of 95 in Arcadia, CA.

Interestingly, during my research I found an Etsy shop that sold two photos identified as Eylar Fillmore as a child, plus one of a girl identified as his sister. However, even on the 1910 census, Eylar’s mother indicated she had only one child living and one child born. At the age of 58 it would not have been likely that she gave birth after the census, so that is a mystery. The handwriting on the photos looks an awful lot like the handwriting on my photos, which is very intriguing. Maybe they adopted?

So concludes the story of Millard – not the president – Fillmore, his wife Esther and son Eylar. I hope you have enjoyed the exploration of this slice of history.

UPDATE: It just occurred to me that Eylar’s wife was named Lois M. and I previously posted this photo of Lois Montgomery. They were in the same stack at the shop, so I bet they belong together.

Father and daughter

This AZO real photo postcard shows us a father and daughter at a faux well. You can see very plainly that the well itself is just a prop with a rope and bucket attached to it. The little girl seems to be saying “I am not buying this” and the father looks like he wants to jump down that well. This is an odd image to me.

Three kids on a horse

Today’s snapshot of three kids on a horse was taken somewhere in the desert. You can tell by the scrub brush in the background. The kids are stair steps, with the big brother in back, middle sister in the middle, and younger sister in front. Big brother has his arm around both of them, keeping them safe. There’s a barbed-wire fence between the kids and the photographer. It might be the juxtaposition of the small girl on the horse, but the horse looks big to me. On enlarging the image, there is *something* behind the horse and I wonder if it is mom or dad.

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