Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

I haven’t got a vintage photo of a miniature train for this week’s Sepia Saturday, where the theme shows young people on a miniature train, much like the one we have down at Goathill Junction. The junction is open every third weekend of the month and rides are free but they ask for a donation. My daughter enjoyed it so much we went twice and yes, donated twice. The five miles of track wind through one of the parks that overlook the inlet between Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Kids big and small enjoy the volunteer run railroad!

People enjoying a sunny California day on the Goathill Junction Railroad

So instead of a vintage train photo, I’ll give you a couple photos of kids having fun.

Ronnie Desbrough 1 year old, Milan MI

This is little Ronnie Desbrough at age 1, taken on his rocking horse in Milan, Michigan. This picture may have been taken in about 1938. I found a record for a Ronald Desbrough in Kalamazoo, MI with a year of birth as 1937. Milan and Kalamazoo are about 100 miles apart. I found a Ronald Desbrough in a nearby city to Milan and I’ve mailed off a note to him. Maybe this photo will find its way home?

Next, take a look at this little group of urchins.

Strike up the band, or strike one?

This photo is tiny (only 1.5×1.5), but I’m leaving it large so you can see all the fun details. It’s almost as if the photographer said “grab your favorite thing and come out for a photo.” We see a catcher’s mitt, a ball, something looking like a bow & arrow, and a trumpet. The boy on the left certainly has an unusual hat on. I can’t even describe it. They look like a rough and tumble group of kids who had a lot of fun growing up before all the scary things that keep kids indoors these days.

For more photos of kids having fun, and possibly even a miniature train or two, click through to Sepia Saturday, you won’t regret it!

All aboard the fun

10 thoughts on “Small people having fun

  1. Love the people on the train! It looks like a sit down Conga line.


  2. I want to go on that train! What fun! I enjoyed the photo of all the small children with their toys..very cute and I hope you find a home for Ronnie:)


  3. Ed says:

    the boy to the far right in the strike up the band photo is dresed like my grandfather and his brother were as small children back in 1914, in a tiny “brownie” camera photograph, the oldest and only family picture I have prior to 1936. I Didn’t realize my grandfather who was from the backwoods in Maine was so fashionable as a toddler! was not the Russian style clothing popular from the Russo Japanese war (1905) on? seems I was picked up that info some where?


  4. Little Nell says:

    Ronnie and the Urchins (sound like the name of a pop group) are wonderful examples of a real snapshot in time, You find yourself wondering what happened the minute or two before the photographer took the picture – and possibly just after!


  5. Kathy M. says:

    I love your choices of photos for this week!

    Kathy M.


  6. Wendy says:

    How appropriate that Ronnie is on a rocking horse on Derby Day! If you have found him, I hope you’ll post a follow-up.


  7. Alan Burnett says:

    Kids having fun will do just fine – especially when the photographs are as good as these.


  8. Bob Scotney says:

    The urchins just want to get away and get started on their games – just as it should be. I wonder if they would have been interested in riding on that miniature train.


  9. postcardy says:

    That train really is small!


  10. Janice says:

    I know Ron Desbrough from “a nearby city to Milan”, I’ll have to ask him if this photo is him. Not sure where he grew up.


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