Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This photo dates from the early to mid 20th century or so and documents a time when farmhouses were still very common. This particular house is a two story affair but doesn’t appear to have been quite large – perhaps having a kitchen/eating/lounging area downstairs and two or three bedrooms upstairs. There is a smaller outbuilding off to the left but it could be a barn, cook house, or luxury potty, haha. Ok, not really a potty. The yard is overgrown with weeds which makes me wonder if the fellow standing by the porch just bought the property, or maybe is saying his last goodbye. I have no location or date for the photo.


5 thoughts on “Farmhouse

  1. mousleyka says:

    The fellow appears to be patting a dog on the head.


  2. Yes I think I see a dog too. And I think the man/boy is black. The porch is on the front and the outhouse should be in back – so it’s hidden. The well is on the left in front of a barn. It might be possible to get a region based on the construction details, as I’d think a well would only have a roof in snow country.


  3. mousleyka says:

    I was thinking the man/boy might be black too, but wasn’t too sure. The hand/arm on the dog’s head appears white, so I wrote the facial darkness off as “in the shadows”. There is a bucket in front of (and maybe another one on top of) the white (washed?) structure/well. That roof over the well is one massive (overbuilt) structure. The trees appear to be bare but there is no “chill in the air yet/anymore” (the man isn’t wearing a coat). The various wooden poles/post in the yard baffle me – I think I see a clothesline behind the well – but in front of the fence) with a woman’s dress or perhaps a tablecloth or sheet drying on it.

    The bamboo framing of the photo must suggest some dating (to the photo dating wizards, but not to me!)


  4. Ava Cohn says:

    The man is definitely not black. He has either white or blond hair.


  5. I think this style of photo frame snapshot was popular in the 1930’s. I have a few of them that are similar. Yards were not mowed years ago..a horse or cow would have been let out to take care of the grass. Great old photo:)


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