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Long Ago Children

I’m still combing through my great-grandparents’ photos — alas, mostly unlabeled — and I came across these carefully preserved images of children who must have been dear to them. There are no clues as to the childrens’ identities, other than the location of the studios in which the photographs were taken.

If you recognize of these mystery children, please leave a comment.

MysteryChildren 4

The back of the postcard (below) indicates that this picture was taken in 1906 in Hamburg — where my great-grandfather Leo Lessiack was from — but the identity of the dapper little boy is unknown to me.

MysteryChildren 5

I absolutely adore the photographer’s rabbit logo.

MysteryChildren 3

These little girls in their white lawn dresses, giant hair bows, and special necklaces are so sweet — I wish I knew who they were. Date, photographer, and location unknown.

These next two photographs were taken in New Jersey, based on the studio information.

MysteryChildren 1

I assume that this is a graduation photograph, because the unidentified girl is holding a rolled up paper — probably a diploma — in her right hand.

MysteryChildren 2

This little girl with her white doggie and carefully styled hair is so precious. The vintage of this photograph is more recent than the others, but I don’t know the name of the child or the date the photograph was taken.

I hope that your week is off to a grand start, People. Mine has been very busy thus far. Stories of young Franz Georg Leopold Lessiack — aka my great-grandpa Leo — coming soon, I promise.

10 comments on “Long Ago Children

  1. Su Leslie
    July 30, 2014

    These are truly lovely images — especially the two little girls. I do hope you are able to find out who these children are 🙂


  2. theeditorsjournal
    July 31, 2014

    Amazing images….every visit a little, (sometimes big) step forward…


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  4. Jana Last
    July 31, 2014

    These are beautiful photos! Hopefully someone out there will be able to identify who the subjects in these photos are.


    • Pancho
      July 31, 2014

      I’m happy to report that the little girl with the white dog has been identified. Thanks for stopping by, Jana!


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  6. kaythegardener
    March 30, 2016

    The photographer’s name means Rabbit… as in Hassenpeffer stew — KMC


    • Pancho
      May 18, 2016

      How very interesting. Now the logo makes perfect sense!


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