It may be because there is the patter of excited little feet around our house but, there is something about the Christmas season that makes one think of childhood. I can easily conjure up memories of the anticipatory feeling you have going to bed on Christmas Eve and the excitement of waking up early to see what has arrived under the tree. The mere mention of Twas the Night Before Christmas, Hermey (the elf who wants to be a dentist) and the mad capering of the Grinch are enough to bring a wistful smile to the lips of many people. In fact, the image of the baby at the top of this this post reminds me of the story of another baby that is often told at this time of year.
In the spirit of the season, I have found some archival images of local children from the Late Victorian period. This collection comes from a number of different fonds in the Annapolis Heritage Society Archival Collection. The images are of children who either lived in the Annapolis Royal area or were related to local families. While some of the children have been identified, many are unknown.
All for now,