Looking at Old Family Tintypes Again

The next inspiration theme for the Maida Dolls Group is to make a doll inspired by an old photo or postcard. This had me looking through some of my own family tintypes.   Many are not marked so we don't know who they are.  But there are some sweet, sweet images.  I took one of the Butman photos and cropped and edited it with Picmonkey, which is very much like the now defunct Picnik.

I'm not sure this is my inspiration photo, but it's fun to look at them.  Here are others from previous posts. All these photos are people who lived and dreamed and loved.

Above from the Stormann Album....

Above are two girls from a different family line from Sangerville, Maine. These girls appear to be sisters, and looks like mama (or grandma!) worked hard in making them matching dresses. Note the protective arm the older girl has around the younger.

I have no idea who this girl is,
or what she is holding.

This boy above
seems uninterested
in the picture taking process.
He appears to be
between 8 years old and 12.
"I could be fishing!"
his look tells us.
I have such a boy.

Very plainly dressed family,
with the exception of some
crocheted lace on the baby.
Parson's family, perhaps?

Above and below -
were near each other
in a family album
labeled Sangerville (Maine)

The sweetest unknown baby ever, below.

Dixie Redmond


Debra said...

I love your photos. I always like to study the clothing in old photographs. I love the eyes of the little girl in the top "Sangerfield' photo-she'd be a great model for a doll.
Which ever you choose, I'm looking forward to your doll.

Unknown said...

The disinterested boy has the most interesting expression to me, funnily enough. Don't know what kind of doll he'd make but he'd certainly be unique! :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful collection of photos, how telling their expressions, love it! Love the Sangerville sisters so different.

Anonymous said...

I too LOVE the expression on the boy, priceless! Makes me smile.

Unknown said...

wow Dixie!! You sure have alot of great old pictures!! :o) I wish I had a scanner that worked, so I can scan some old family pictures! Very excited for the new challenge!! :o)

Hill Top Post said...

So much inspiration here...wonderful old photos..."people who lived and dreamed and loved." It will, no doubt, be a hard task to choose just one.

Anonymous said...

I do love the photos, and even if I don't know the people you can sure spend time thinking about how their lives were and what became of them. Sure draws you in.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden