Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I Left Out Some Of My Favorite Ragamuffins!...

I can't believe I forgot these treasures when I posted yesterday. The first and second photos are still RPPCs like the others from earlier. But, the last two photos are tintype photographs. And you know tintypes are my weakness:) You can click on all of the photos to enlarge them if you are having trouble seeing the details. These images are not FITs, but are from my personnal collection. Thank you:)
This cutie is posed on the dining table chair that has been brought outdoors so the lighting is better. You can see Momma's elbow in the left of the photo. She must be there in case cutie falls. She really is so precious.
This antique postcard is a thank you card from an orphange for babies and toddlers. They make my heart ache just looking at them! The photo is not in good condition, but the content more than makes up for the quality.
This ragamuffin is a tintype image that was once held in a cased frame. You can still see the oval outline from where the frame surrounded her. She looks fine at first glance, but look closer and you can see her uncombed, greasy hair. She is from a poorer family and she did not wear gloves while outdoors. You can clearly see the darkened, tanned portion of her hands to where her sleeves would reach on her wrists. This photo speaks of the past to me and shows me the clues to this child's life.
These sisters are also from a poorer family. The tintype was most likely taken by a traveling photographer who hastily set up the area for them to sit and be photographed.

They are clean, but once again you can see the tanned portion of their hands. These girls did not wear gloves:) Their faces are also covered in freckles which means no hat or umbrella while in the sun. A young lady shaded her face.

The older sister is sporting quite the black eye on her right eye. I wonder if little Sis gave it to her? She looks defiant to me. She looks like her life so far has been hard.
Thanks for indulging me in sharing these photos. What started out as just wanting to find nice antique images for my collage work has ended up being a wonderful passion.


Faye said...

Wow, Jamie, what treasure! And I am amazed at your acumen at analyzing these photos. What you have observed makes sense. Great vintage photos.

Terri said...

Fantastic photo's. I too enjoeyed the details you point out.
Thank You for sharing!

Terri said...

oopse.... enjoyed not enjoeyed

Lori said...

how sad is the orphanage pic...makes me want to cry...poor babies...

i love how you point out the details in all of your pics Jamie...i would never have noticed or thought about some of the things that you talk really does make the pictures more interesting and you can imagine the subject's life better...thanks for doing that!!!

Tess said...

I love finding old photos like these at antiue stores. They usually cost more than I can spare but I still love finding them and dreamoing of the lives those in the portraits must have had. I think for many they are addictive.

Laurie said...

Well, I can't put it any better than that first comment from Faye -- she took the words right our of my...keyboard. :)

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Oh dear. Although there's something that you like about old photos but the stories behind them are interesting as well. But these photos you posted is sad. BUt how can a beautifully taken picture have such sad stories behind them.

I liked how you given such time and interpreted each one. It is not just a picture anymore.

Lorri Lennox said...

Oh Jamie I love those pics!! The girl with the black eye sure does look defiant! LOL
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I would absolutely LOVE a copy of that CD.. Any help I can get would be wonderful.
Thanks so much for the offer. I will email you.

Tammy said...

Hi Jamie,
The last photo of the two little girls do look like they have had a hard life. They have such stern looks on their faces. It could also be that they did not want to wear dresses, let alone matching dresses and have their pictures taken. I do love their dresses, too.

Elizabeth Golden said...

I too love these old photos, they tell so much. It has been a life time passion of mine. It is so nice to see someone else who loves these photos, too. I have really enjoyed your blog.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

these are all amazing! thank you for sharing them with us! :)


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