Posts Tagged ‘children’

Little Columbus, 1920

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

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What might appear to be a Bugsy Malone version of 1492: Conquest of Paradise is actually from the encyclopedic series Public School Methods, a 1920 handbook for teaching gradeschool.  The vignette is called “Columbus at the Court of Spain”,  which shows Columbus demonstrating a globe to Ferdinand and Isabella, while Isabella, in return,  is offering her jewels to finance the trip.  The book recommends that young children learn through pantomime, as using words may prove too difficult.  Alas, dressing children up as historical figures has given way to rote learning today.

Oh, and the sword?  Somebody in the Little Columbus’ family must be a Knight of Pythias.

Farmyard Wagon, 1920s.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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Two children, playing with a wagon in the farmyard, 1920s. From this set.

Family Walk, 1930s.

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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Family out for a walk, consisting of a boy, a mother and child, and two older ladies, on a windy day. 1930s. From this set.

Girl And Puppy, 1930s.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Baby and curly-haired white pupply, probably a bischon frise. Appears 1930s, from this set.

Dorothy Raddatz, 1890s.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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The back of the photo, in a childish pencil script, is the name “Dorothy Raddatz”. Appears to be late 19th century. From a bunch of random photos acquired recently.

Easter Egg Hunt, 1961.

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

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Severely underexposed slide from this set, made legible through Photoshop: a small child, bundled tightly against the elements, picking up an Easter egg near a propane tank, 1961.

Seated Boy, Book in Lap, 1900s.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


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A hand-colored portrait of a seated boy, holding a book in his lap. Appears 1900s.

Father and Daughters, 1890s.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


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Father and two daughters, 1890s.

Family Portrait, 1910s.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

A family portrait, taken in the 1910s.

Children and Playground, 1930s.

Friday, February 6th, 2009


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A caretaker or teacher, with children. Appears 1930s, possibly taken in Texas or the south-central region of the U.S. More here.