Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This little girl doesn’t look very  happy. Sometimes children have an inherently hopeful or happy look on their faces, but not this one. She looks like she wants her nap. She is posed in the corner of a chair covered with a blanket and has on several strands of beads as a necklace. It makes me wonder about the beads. What did they mean to the family? Were they just a trinket to make the baby look like a girl in the photo? Or were they something special that came as a gift from family far away?

The photographer was Barry in Bismarck, but we have no way of knowing if this was DT or North Dakota. The photo was mounted over to top loop of the B, making it look like Darry, but when you enlarge the image on-screen, you can see that missing loop under the image. Yet another unidentified child in the Red Velvet Album.

4 thoughts on “Baby with beads

  1. usermattw says:

    Is the child holding something like a rattle in its right hand? I’m curious because I can’t really see the hand itself, unless I’m just not seeing it correctly.


  2. IntenseGuy says:

    This baby looks a little spooked!! I wonder if she was the latest member of the family shown in the link below?

    You have a previous photo by Barry.


  3. Little Nell says:

    I zoomed in on the hand too, as I thought she had a very clenched fist, which would also signify distress, but she does appear to be holding something, either a rattle or ball, but definitely spherical. That is a very sad face.


  4. I was curious about the right hand too…it didn’t look normal to me..a rattle would explain it all. Perhaps she/he was difficult and the photog had to use all his toys? Barry could be the Famous Barry..DF Barry 1834 to 1934. The studio signature looks right to me..I have a piece at the Museum that is a Barry…he took lots of photos of Sitting Bull etc:)


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