The old red velvet photograph album that Mr. Flea's Mom gave us presently holds 58 antique photographs of long lost relatives... ...the only photo that my Mother in-law recognized was a picture of her grandfather... ...that would be Mr. Flea's great-grandfather.
The remainder of the photographs are not labeled but we guess that they were taken around 1860 to 1870.
There are lots of photographs of children...
...dressed in little white Victorian dresses with tiny button shoes.
Included are dapper looking gentlemen...
...and young women dressed in their finest. I love her necklace, don't you?
Can you imagine getting these children ready for their photo-shoot?
Think of the old curling iron that was used on this little one's stick straight hair and the heavy iron used to smooth out the wrinkles in these puffy sleeves!
And look at the expression on this poor little fellow! He was dressed in a plaid skirt to match... ...he was toughing it out...couldn't wait till it was over!
...there were all sorts of props used...
...bowler hats and watch chains...
...I loved the buttons on this dress.
The photographer posed them in interesting positions with curious pieces of furniture...
Let's take a closer look. What the heck is that he has his hand on? ...and nice striped trousers but his shoes are looking a bit scuffed.
Lots of trim, bustles and lace...
...paisley shawls and handlebar mustaches...
These three look rather surprised... ...and it looks as if the baby is propped up on top of a haystack.
...one sweet smile.
Do you think he had his knickers in a twist after standing there so long?
This blond haired, blue eyed beauty looks to me as if she had been a teacher. I am imagining a tragic love story.
Now this little Miss... Was she in The Exorcist? ...scary.
This wicker pram is amazing!
The back of the photo of this handsome young soldier has the date 1823 on it. We think it may have been the year he was born.... ...but we don't know anything about him really. I wonder what happened to him? What was his story?
Even the backs of the old photographs are fascinating... ...fabulous graphics.
It is too bad that these old photographs were not labeled so that we would know where on the family tree they belong...
At least we know that they are family... our children's ancestors...
Their images have been passed down... ...and we are now the keepers of the old red velvet photo album.
I hope the week ahead brings good things for all! Good night! :)
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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