Friday, July 6, 2012

The Itinerant Photographer - Have Pony, Will Travel

I don't usually do much more to an old rescued photograph than remove some of the yellow and bump the contrast to enhance the fading details.

This one, however, begged more. So a bit of restoration was done; a few repairs here and there. It was enlarged also, (relative to the mounting board) and a few distracting spots were removed.

An itinerant photographer would lead a horse into a neighborhood. He would swing a kid up onto the saddle and offer to take a "studio quality" photograph. What parent could resist? The practice was called "kidnapping" and was done a lot in the forties and fifties.

With the litigious society we have developed since then, it is almost impossible to do this anymore.

Child on a Pony

Child on a Pony

This is the original.

It's hard to resist something that is this cupcake cute.

As you can see, the photographer often carried along a few extra props. Here we see a sombrero and a lariat. Some brought entire cowboy/cowgirl outfits including vests, toy pistol and holster and chaps.

The really puzzling part of the above photograph is that there is no parent hiding behind the horse, with a securing hand, keeping the child from slipping to the ground.

See if you can spot the parent in the following examples.

Can't get enough?

Here is a page of rescued photographs taken by itinerant photographers of children and adults

Horse and baby
Anyone have a carrot?
Child on a Pony

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group,
An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half
You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture!
Oh! You DID didn't you!
completely unaware of the photographer

This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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THE KIDS Lesson one.
It is always a mystery
how a photograph of any
of these precious children
could end up lost
or abandoned.
Here are a few.
You will probably say
"Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"

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