Category Archives: Boys

Warning: two future heartbreakers in the making!

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3 x 5 inches snapshot.

When I saw these two, my heart melted. They are so, so cute! I want to assume they were brothers from the late forties or early fifties. The oldest is amazingly beautiful, and his brother is so charming and cute a bit slumped over, and looking as if a bit shy. My mind wandered, what if these two were model children?

What’s funny is on the very same day I got the picture, someone on my tumblr posted this one:

Same kiddos?

So, what do you think?

Same kiddos?  If they are the same set that would be highly coincidental, but not if their parents knew how cute they were and coached them to pose professionally. Who knows, but I’d like to find out if the ones I have ever did commercial work (gut feeling tells me they did).

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The wee lad

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Hi, Give Me A Match. 1900s-10s RPPC of boy in adult size coat and cap. Private collection.

The parents must have had a good laugh with this one! So much so they made copies with a caption to share, one of which found its place in this collection.

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A mini dandy in training

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Dandy boy in studio prop top hat. Private Collection.

This boy’s evening suit is well tailored, but his studio prop top hat adds a touch of humor to the look. What a cutie!

The cigarette was most likely a prop too (it looks lit but with no smoke). I would think responsible parents considered tobacco to be like alcohol and didn’t let their children start this early (I don’t think he’s even 10).

RPPC: AZO squares 1926-1940’s.

 


Shaking big brother’s hand on Easter 1937

RPPC. Private Collection.

Easter 1937. RPPC. Private Collection.

A cute RPPC of a little boy shaking his older brother’s hand on Easter day of 1937. The pose is unusual, with the steps as a prop, but it is a fun concept.

RPPC: AZO squares 1926-1940s


Four cards: The memory road back to Walter Henry Camp

Walter Henry Camp circa 1881. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

Walter Henry Camp circa 1881. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

I’ve mentioned before I enjoy the idea of finding photographs of the same person throughout life, and I rarely have the opportunity to come across a lot of the same person that fits my theme. And I’ve also wanted to find another memorial card, only having one other in my collection. I satisfied both wants with Walter.

Walter was born of Ellen Eliza Glazebrook (born October 6, 1842) and Sterling Teague Camp on June the 2nd 1871. When the photograph above was taken, Walter was a sweet looking boy of about 10-12 living in the Midwest of the early 1880s. This cabinet card along with two others of him were found in near pristine condition, safely tucked away in a keepsake box. They had been stacked together for so long one of the cards has the shadow of another’s grooves on the back.

With the three cabinet cards was a funeral card.

Here is Walter in his teens and still looking like something between a boy and a grown man.

Walter Henry Camp in the late 1880s or early 1890s. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

Walter Henry Camp in the late 1880s. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

But unfortunately, Walter never made it much past his 24th birthday. He passed away a summer day of 1894. He had never married and was without children. This silver and black memorial card’s message is sad yet remains hopeful.

Walter Henry Camp's memorial card.

Walter Henry Camp’s memorial card #1.

The message carried by the bird:

“Let us be patient! These
severe afflictions
not from the ground arise,
but often times celestial
benedictions
assume this dark disguise”

His heartbroken younger brother, Frank Bartley Camp (born July 12 1875), was 21 when he printed a beautiful memorial cabinet card in Walter’s honor a year after his death, on August 6, 1896. On here Walter looks all grown up. The card is in excellent condition, as if printed last year.

Walter Henry Camp. Memorial card. Private Collection.

Walter Henry Camp. Memorial card #2. Private Collection.

 

Printed by F.B. Camp. August 18, 1896

Printed by F.B. Camp. August 18, 1896

 

Researching this family, I was reminded just how common untimely deaths were back in the Victorian era. The father, who passed in 1915, had survived all three of his children by at least a decade. A family genealogy page reveals that by 1905 all three siblings- Frank, Walter and their older sister Minnie G.(born April 11, 1870)- had all already passed away. Their mother too had died early, at 39 in 1883 when the siblings were in their early teens and younger. Sterling, the father, remarried a lady named Sarah Jane Johnson and remained with her until his death. Sarah then passed away 3 years later in 1918.

All three siblings are buried at “old Pace home”, at least that’s what the family cemetery was called back in 1905. I could not confirm if it is in Illinois or not. And I don’t know anything more of Walter’s life, or why he passed so young.

In this digital age maybe we’re just never truly forgotten anymore. Walter was gone from hearts and minds for decades, yet here he is now on this blog because all this time someone lovingly kept his cabinet cards tucked away in a box.

Sources: 

Genealogy of the Clark and Pace Families.

Walter Henry Camp @ Ancestry

 

 

 


The 1920s boy with the rouged lips

RPPC. Private Collection.

A 1920s little boy with the rouged lips. RPPC. Private Collection.

“When I grow up, I want to be Rudolph Valentino!” Look at this mini gentleman…What a  cute close-up portrait of this boy, and with the rouged lips. Though I knew the practice was common for mass marketed postcards, mostly of romance couples and actors, this is the first time I see this done to a child on a regular portrait picture. Maybe he did work as a postcard model.

RPPC: AZO 1918-1930


A Fashionable Edwardian boy

Well dressed Edwardian boy. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

1890s-1900s well dressed Edwardian boy. Cabinet card. Private Collection.

This little boy was extremely well dressed with his wool overcoat and cap with the double-breasted gingham suit. Every single piece of his outfit looks new. With the lack of backdrop and the picture looking so crisp, it feels modern made too.

He’s wearing his gloves instead of holding them. His parents must have loved how this portrait came out. While the photograph was decently preserved, the card itself is less so. It is dark green, clipped at the bottom, and has no photographer info or name.


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