Brother and sister from Boston

What it is:

Photo (3.75 x 5.5 inches) mounted on cardboard backing (6.5 x 8.5 inches; I cropped the edges of the backing from this scan).

What I know about it:

Photographer is Emily Stokes of Boston.  Otherwise undated and unidentified, but I believe these are older versions of the same children pictured here, in which case the girl is named Margaret and the boy is either named Donald or Fletcher.


I keep posting photos with promises to post more pictures of the same people, and I’ve been pretty negligent about that.  If anybody cares, then you have my apologies.  I need to post more because I find them fascinating.  I think that not only are the pictures interesting on their own, but it is interesting to see the same people in different contexts, meaning different outfits, different pairings, different settings, at different ages, etc.  It’s interesting to see these two children age, even slightly, since even her cute gingham and his adorable nautical outfit don’t mask the way they seem mature beyond their years.   After this, I have one more picture of the two of them, and one other of her alone.  If there are others, perhaps as much older people, I haven’t recognized them yet.

8 comments on “Brother and sister from Boston”

  1. Thank you for the link to the older photo. What a cute pair of kids!

    • Glad you like it! I think a person’s evolution is always so fascinating, so being able to compare photos of people at different ages is a treat.

  2. I wonder if the carnations are symbols of a special day. Am also wondering how many commercial photographers in those days were women, like Emily Stokes of Boston.

    • I was wondering about the carnations, too. I have no idea. (Wouldn’t it be amusing if they were wearing green carnations?) And regarding women commercial photographers, I keep meaning to look into that each time I run across one of these photos. Of the four photos I have of these kids (or at least that I’ve identified as them), three are by Emily Stokes of Boston. Boston presumably had a healthy selection of photographers from which to choose, so Ms. Stokes was either a family friend, or was successful and respected enough to earn their repeat business. The fourth is by a photographer in Rhode Island with a studio name that doesn’t indicate the gender of the proprietor. I wonder how many such studio names were used by women.

  3. Have you posted the other two of the four?

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