Sunday, October 22, 2017

Back Page - The Bows


After posting these two portraits on Flickr a short time ago, it seems a good idea to round up all of the "Big Bow" photographs in LOST GALLERY and collect them all onto one page. It turns out there are quite a few.

Studio Portrait

RPPC two children

New Additions
RPPC of two women and hats
Cabinet Card Three Children
This one is a bit different. Two boys with huge bow ties.
Two Girls

Two families
Six children
Eight on the dock
It's the second from the right.

One brother?

So happy to be here
Mother and two
Sometimes it's one, sometimes it's two.
Two girls with bows

Two girls
Girl and boy and bow.
Hold Still
Two girls

Child with bow
There'll be some changes made!
Girl and high chair

Three women
Two boys, a girl and a car.
Cheaper by the Dozen
Four with bows

two girls with bows
Front of the house
Sister Bertrille
This is a BOW isn't it?

The reluctant girl

I wish sincerely that the snapshot on the right and the RPPC on the left could be the of same girl. It would be only the second time I have found photographs of the same people in different places.

It’s not the same girl, however. The two photographs were found only about 160 miles apart. The RPPC portrait is from Nacogdoches, Texas. The 2.25 X 3.25 snapshot was found in West Monroe, Louisiana.

According to Playle’s invaluable examples, the RPPC could be little later than 1918 and probably earlier. The snapshot at best guess is from around 1925-1930.

The pose and attitude and the bow in the hair seem the same though. It was enough to make me get them together for comparison.

Now, are they related? Meh. Perhaps.


Woman and a girl
Portrait with bow
Girl with Bow

Five on the grass
Curlie Locks

Portrait with bow

GIrl with two bows
Two young women

RPPC Two Children, big bows

Three girls, three bows
Three girls, three bows
Five young women
Five girls, one bow

Trio at the studio
Three children
Studio Portrait

Group outside
Tea Party

Portrait of a young girl
Young Girl
boy with a bow

Girl with Bow
Family Group with bows
I got bows, You got bows, everybody gotta have bows... Well, except the guys, of course.
Child and chair

Girl and bow
Well, it's a bow!

Stay Tuned.

There are more on the way.

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An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.
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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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It is always a mystery to us 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.
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A curious story.
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  1. I'm stunned with the size of some of those. They are huge! Great collection!

  2. Thanks very much. I didn't realize I had so many of them. Noticing the similarity in the first two, set me looking.

  3. The one with the car looks like a studio promotional shot for the Our Gang series. It's so perfectly fun.

  4. Yes, I think it is probably a professional shot, considering the age of the auto and some of the clothes. Eastman had produced his little black box for consumer use but they were still in fairly limited use in 1900. Itinerant photographers still made a living going house to house doing portraits in front of the home. They would work by appointment too as probably this one was. Everyone is dressed in their best.

  5. You have such an amazing collection. I always enjoy perusing the aisles in search of what is around the next corner.

    I was tapped yesterday with one of the online awards which has given me the opportunity to let others know about your wonderful site. You do not need to continue the awards navigation around the world.

  6. Thanks very much for the compliment and the link.

    Rescuing old photographs is really fun and rewarding. I became interested in the Common Poses and Snapshot Ideas a few years ago; hence my “Categories.” From Bows to Running boards to Bombing there are many subjects I have found in common.

    But most rewarding of all is the occasional connection with someone who was there or knows someone who was there or best of all, is related to someone in the photograph. It has happened to my collection several times. It makes rescuing these old bits of time very worth while.



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