A woman, three boys, and a car

What it is:

Photo measuring approx. 5.75 x 3.5 inches.  Mounting traces on two front corners (not on the back).  Printed on Velox photographic paper.


What I know about it:

Undated and unidentified.



In undertaking this project of posting my old photos online, I have enjoyed taking a closer look at my photos, and learning things in the process.  Take this photo, for instance.  Previously I had only half-wondered how old it is.  Now I’m really looking at it with that in mind.  To my inexpert eye, the car, the woman’s cloche hat, and the boys’ clothes suggest late-20s or early-30s.  (I have to remember that this is not a fashion shoot, and everything could have been out of style by the time the photo was taken.)  The mounting method (little adhesive rings on the front corners) seems correct for that period.  And I would never have noticed the “VELOX” mark on the back before, but paid attention this time.  I looked it up (invented in the 1890s by the same guy who invented Bakelite; first photographic paper that could be developed using artificial light instead of sunlight; sold early on to George Eastman; a Kodak brand for the next 80 years or so).   Internet sources are conflicting and uncertain, but it seems that paper marked “Velox” (as opposed to, say, “Kodak/Velox/Paper”) was from the late 1920s into the 40s.  So all the clues are lining up.  It’s hard for me to be very precise with this, and I could be completely off base in my suppositions, but the sleuthing is fun.

2 comments on “A woman, three boys, and a car”

  1. Hi Matt. Couldn’t find the child in the cloche hat you mentioned on today’s post. (Could you send me in the right direction?) This was the pic that came up when I searched for the word on your blog. Glad to see this one. It is a classic!

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