Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Youth Movement

Tonight feels like another opportunity to dip into the Annapolis Heritage Society's archival collection. Seeing as we are now well into the back to school season, I figured that this would be a good chance to bring out some archival images of local children. When I look at these images which were taken around 1900, I have trouble imagining any of today's children wearing these clothes to school. Little sailor outfits and broad brimmed hats seem quite appropriate in archival images, but not really as adornments in a modern schoolyard.

I would like to draw your attention to the photograph of the young girl with the wheelbarrow. In this studio shot she is carrying a load of firewood and there is a shovel lying on the ground beside her. What I adore about this image is the toy dog standing on the floor beside the shovel. The dog is almost an unseen detail but, it has obviously been placed with a great deal of care. I wonder if this was a much loved toy which needed to be included in the photograph.

Sadly, these images have a bad case of the worst blight in the archival world. They are beautiful and expressive images but they are all unidentified. It is amazing how much that one piece of information can add to an archival image. Thankfully, We do know that these images were taken by Samuel Newton Weare of Bridgetown. As always, if you have more information on any of the archival images that I post please leave a comment on the blog.

All for now

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