Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This unusually shaped photo features a young girl, about 3-5 years old, in a bonnet. The girl does not appear to have any clothing on, but some type of a boa wrapped around her. I have seen a similar photo on another site, but I can’t quite recall where. In my photographic explorations I have seen square photos taken on the diagonal, but never one in a diamond. I hope that someone out there may recognize this style and comment. Based on the content of the photo, I am thinking 1915-1925. This photo came from an antique shop in Orange, CA.

I’ve submitted this as a Sepia Saturday post because of the potential Easter bonnet this child could be wearing. It’s a stretch, I know, and it would be much better if she also had on an Easter dress! Please click through and browse the bunnies, chickies and other Easter paraphernalia from around the world.

9 thoughts on “Girl in a bonnet

  1. Tattered and Lost says:

    I’m remembering that photo too, but can’t remember where I saw it. Brain fog.

    This is a lovely image. I really like how it’s framed with the turn of the paper to a diamond shape.


  2. I was thinking the same thing about the dress!


  3. I’m not much help, but I really did enjoy the photo!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Happy Sepia Saturday and Happy Easter!

    Kathy M.

    P.S. – If you tried yesterday to see my SS link and it led you back to SS, I’m sorry. I’ve fixed it now, and re-posted under Kathy Matthews FOR REAL!


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Considering I messed up last week, I think there is room for forgiveness, ha ha ha


  4. postcardy says:

    That’s a strange one.


  5. Christine says:

    I have some French postcards that have children who appear to be wearing very little. I like to think that it was to portray innocence.


  6. Muse Swings says:

    Lovely photo! That bonnet is so beautiful – as is the little girl. At first I thought of Bo-Peep, but then you mentioned the boa and now I’m not sure, other than showing off the bonnet, what the photographer had in mind.


  7. I have not seen anything like it. She looks chilly..bare shoulders and all..what was the photographer thinking:(


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