This is a very old paper photograph. The original is with my sister.
Its uniqueness comes from the fact that this is the only childhood image of my Grandfather ( who was dubbed “Grossy” by his grandkids) that exists in our family. Grandfather was named John and he was born in Philadelphia in 1887. John was the taller kid on the right, next to his younger brother, Edward. The boys had third brother and they were all Philadelphia born.
It inspires a lot of wonder in me because of the photograph’s age and of course, because of the subjects. Old photographs such as these are very unique when compared to the digital era. While I can take as many “digital copies” of this photograph, there will only be one original photograph.
The one, the unique!
I looked up the type of photograph this is. This is called a ” card mounted photograph” and was used during the 1880s- early 1900’s. It fits. I am guessing that Granddad would have been 8-10 years old in this photo.
I will leave you with the words of Nan Nan (Grandmother) on back of the photo. Because Nan Nan took the time to write a message on the back for to the intention of either my Dad or my Aunt V. I am keeping the original spelling…
“If that isn’t a neglected child That your Dad believe it or not. Little boy is Dad’s brother Edward.”. He( note: Granddad) had a hard life I do know it”.
Yes, Nan Nan, we are all listening :).
Happy weekend to all.