More Old Photos of People I’ve Never Met . . .and Never Will

I made another trip to the Andover Antique Mall to check out my favorite booth of old photos and postcards.  If you live in the Wichita, KS area and haven’t been to this antique mall, you must check it out.  It is also a great stop if you have guests in town and run out of other shopping venues.

First up are two photos of young people with strange raccoon eyes.  These kids are scarey.  Perhaps they were so thin that their eyes look abnormally large.  Or maybe they weren’t well.  Anyway, these are wonderful additions to my old photo collection.

Raccoon Eyes

Raccoon Eyes

Arthur, Dora and Clarence Stilgenbaurer

Arthur, Dora and Clarence Stilgenbaurer

The people in the old photos I find are always thin. Food wasn’t as plentiful as it is now and some of the photos were taken during the depression. Plus they didn’t have the vast assortment of Ding Dongs, cookies, Cheetos, etc. that grace our present day grocery shelves. I finally found a photo of a chubby couple. And I must say, especially the Mrs., they look fat and happy.

Chubby Couple

Chubby Couple

The next photo was taken in 1938 and is of a sweet little girl on the occasion of her First Communion. It is so sad that most of the photos I find have no names or places written on them. Remember to always write names and dates on the back of your photos so you and your relatives will be able to identify who is in them.

First Communion, 1938

First Communion, 1938

Below is a photo from 1921 titled “Everts Family”. I don’t know where they lived, but the man on the far right has on overalls and the woman next to him looks like Granny Clampitt, so maybe they lived on a farm.

Everts Family, 1921

Everts Family, 1921


The couple on the couch in the next photo may be celebrating the Holidays in some fashion. The date on the photo is January 1960, but doesn’t say anything else. The man taking the photo is reflected in the mirror behind them.

January 1960, Couple on Couch

January 1960, Couple on Couch

Hazel Palmer is the subject of the photo below. I wish I knew more about her. I love her hair and she has a sweet expression.

Hazel Palmer

Hazel Palmer

No clue as to what the next couple is doing. On the back is written, “isn’t this good of the clothes line? Nearly strung up – eh? what? Note the big toes clinging fearfully to the shoulders, ha”. And I also don’t have any idea what that meant either!

Couple with Clothes Line.  Taken at Oswego, NY

Couple with Clothes Line. Taken at Oswego, NY

I didn’t realize men had comb overs this long ago, but the wind certainly has his hair standing on end. Taken at a beach.

Man with Comb Over Holding a Baby at the Beach

Man with Comb Over Holding a Baby at the Beach

This couple will be fashionable forever. They look so sporty in their summer attire — sort of like an early version of a Ralph Lauren ad.

Early Fashionable Couple in Summer Attire

Early Fashionable Couple in Summer Attire

And last, some twins. This photo is of Richard and Russell Lahm (twins) and their little brother Arthur, Jr. Taken about 1930. And including their dog.

Richard, Russell and Arthur Lahm.  Taken about 1930.

Richard, Russell and Arthur Lahm. Taken about 1930.

3 responses

  1. I did a post not so long ago called A Sense Of Absence-about how I love old photographs, and why the people in them haunt me so. Enjoyed looking at these you have shared-I will call back again!

  2. Ps my apologies-only just realised I posted a similar comment to that above on one of your other posts. So many blogs, so many comments! Forgive me for clogging up your notifications.

    1. not a problem! I love old photographs also.

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