Tuesday, 1 December 2015

"Vintage Children" - a Collection of Artistically Arranged and Visually Interesting Photographs and Drawings

John Frame of "Watchknowe",
Crossford, Scotland, c.1880's

Throughout my collections there are some beautifully arranged portraits of children, often artistically posed or in fancy dress. I have also included some drawn and printed images of children which I felt complimented this gallery. I have identified the photographs where these are known. The thought that keeps coming back to me when viewing these images is that despite the "spontaneity" of modern photography we have lost something with the virtual passing of the High Street professional photographic studio. These images are sourced from my own collections and (where noted) from the collections of my Australian Dougall 'cousins' courtesy of Mr Dick Dougall of Tennessee, USA.

Thomas Watson of "Candermains",
Stonehouse, Scotland, Aug 1883

"Little Mother", c.1910

A printed and hand tinted image of
a girl appearing on a Cadbury
Chocolate box, circa 1920's

"The Ritchie Twins", daughters of the Schoolmaster
at Overton, Dalserf, Scotland, 1870's 

A pen and ink drawing by Marie Weinemann,
Class IIIB1, Wellington Girls' College, 1929


"Sweetest Flowers of Loving Worth..."

"Martha Coulter", The Lanimer Queen,
Lanark, Scotland, 1910

Miss Agnes Steele,
'Watson', Stonehouse,
Scotland, c.1888
[Agnes Steele, who died in 1980 in her 98th year, being then blind, is mentioned in my Blog describing a 1795 Scottish Sampler Here.]

Andrew Cunningham of Glasgow,
circa 1878. He died of tuberculosis in
1898, having previously lost his parents,
brother and sister to the same disease.

Bardwell's Royal Studio,
Ballarat, Australia
[Source : Dougall Collection]

Douglas, The Marquis of Douglas &
Clydesdale and t
he future 14th Duke of
Hamilton, taken with his dog, c.1905

"A son of Janet Whitelaw",
Lanarkshire, Scotland, c.1880's.
In the Victorian era it was perfectly
acceptable for boys to be dressed as girls. 

Unknown boy on a rocking horse,
Geo. Richards, Ballarat,
Victoria, Australia.
[Source : Dougall Collection] 

Brother and Sister with what appears to be
a hoop and a walking stick as 'props'.
Note the boy dressed as a girl.
Latimer Studio, Fitzroy, Melbourne
[Source : Dougall Collection]

"Father & Son" - John Cook of "Skellyhill",
Lesmahagow Scotland and his son James, c.1884.
James died of peritonitis in 1910. His father never
recovered from the shock and died the next year.


"The Ritchie Twins", daughters of the Schoolmaster
at Overton, Dalserf, Scotland, 1870's.
The relatively slow exposure time is indicated by the
slightly blurred face of one child who did not keep still.

Stewart & Co Studio,
[Source : Dougall Collection]

Caroline Mary Dougall of Mount Franklin,
Victoria, Australia, aged 2 years & 9 months,
taken 20th Aug 1881.

My Great Uncle, Andrew Matthew Dykes 
of Kingskettle, FifeScotland, circa 1884. 
Andrew died of pneumonia in 1897.

My own Father, taken about 1906. He was not
fond of this photo as it showed him (typically for
 the era) dressed as a girl so disposed of his copy
thinking that was the end of it but he was caught
out as (luckily) a copy remained in the family

My mother (looking out from her pram) and her sister
(with her dolls), taken at Paeroa, New Zealand, 1918

A Belgian family with their children
leaving the town of Alost under German
bombardment, September 1914

"So you want to be a Soldier, Little Man!"-
a First World War era postcard from 1914

"Miss Poppy Penelope Price",
by Marion Dykes (my Mother),
Wellington Girls' College, 1929

Those images from my own collections may be freely copied for private use provided this site is acknowledged. Those images from the Dougall collection will require the permission of the custodian of this collection, please contact me to arrange this. Thank you.


  1. We certainly have lost a lot with the virtual passing of the High Street professional photographic studio. As your photos show, those special moments, eg Little Mother or Marquis of Douglas can never be recaptured or replicated.

    I suspect so many children died in the 19th century that this was the one chance many families had to keep a photo of their adorable toddlers.

    1. My own Great Aunt (born 1898) said that her family was so large because they were not all expected to reach adulthood (although in her case they all did). Yes, a photo of a child is often all that so many families were left with.


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