Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is from roughly the same time frame as my contribution, but illustrates how in just a few short years the world can change drastically. The prompt photo, below, is from circa 1910, and shows a woman quietly stitching on a flag. The image is romanticized. She is the lady at home caring for the details while her man is away. As the prompt suggests, the image is comforting, shows care and contentment.

Woman with flag

And next we have a photograph of children with a flag in Ocean City, NJ, around 1915. In 1914 the Great War started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie while they were visiting Bosnia. While the US resisted being drawn into the conflagration, certainly it was on the minds of Americans who had family and friends back in Europe. This was a time of massive emigration from the Old Countries to the USA and many families had to leave loved ones behind until they could earn the passage to come over themselves. Additionally, Americans were welcomed into the armies of allies in Europe. All told, millions of people died, countries were decimated, cities were destroyed.

Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City, NJ

Some of the boys here have on caps and helmets, the mood is a bit more somber. These kids aren’t jubilant with patriotic fervor. They are showing their support and concern for Americans at war. In 1917, USA would officially enter the war.

This photo is from the private collection of my family, scanned by Cousin L. She had written on the back “Ocean City” but so far no one has identified any of these kids. This is a Velox real photo postcard.

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Hail to the chief…

11 thoughts on “Kids with the flag, around 1915

  1. anyjazz says:

    Excellent find. A rare one.


  2. luvviealexex says:

    I love the size of the bows on the girls in front. They are enormous!


  3. Definitely an Our Gang photo that fits the theme. I wonder if the fashion for little girl’s bows stopped with the entry of the US into the war, when they might have seemed an extravagance.


  4. postcardy says:

    I wonder whether they were putting on a play or performance with the flag and costumes. The picture reminds me of one I have of myself and neighborhood kids standing in the backyard in front of a bedspread after putting on a “play” we invented.


  5. Sharon says:

    Some of the kids look very unhappy.

    It looks like it was relatively new neighbourhood?


  6. Karen S. says:

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful find this is. You have a treasure here.


  7. Bob Scotney says:

    Good to see the pooch in the picture too.


  8. Jackie says:

    Great find for this week!


  9. Boobook says:

    It looks they were putting on a play – all the girls are wearing white, and the boys have blackened faces and they’re wearing hats, one of the boys has a shovel. A very interesting photo.


  10. What a collection of head gear – bows, headband, helmets, caps.
    I agree, I think they must have been putting on a play too.


  11. Little Nell says:

    A nice find which fots the prompt well. It would be interesting to know a bit more about the group but we have just as much fun guessing


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