Spunky kid with a newsboy cap and a lace collar

By: usermattw

Sep 13 2013

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Category: Children


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What it is:

Photo (approx 1.75 x 3.75 inches) mounted to a cardboard frame/backing (3.75 x 7.25 inches; I’ve cropped most of the backing from the scan).

What I know about it:

Photographer is L. E. Taylor at Wise, Smith & Co. (a department store) in Hartford, Connecticut.


Each of the items he’s wearing is something I’ve seen repeatedly in photos from that era, and yet to my modern eyes, the combination seems like an odd mash-up of styles.  Still, he seems to be enjoying the process, and his happiness makes me smile.  I happen to have another photo taken at that same department store that I posted here.  Is it a coincidence that both photos show such energetic children?

8 comments on “Spunky kid with a newsboy cap and a lace collar”

  1. I believe that is an early photo of ‘doily Dan Doyle’ who became a mobster in the Boston area in the era of prohibition. Known for his baby face and broad smile, he was ruthless and cunning (the ruthless tag was applied after his wife Ruth left him).

  2. Wish I could get that excited!

  3. It’s really unusual to have the combo of the Little Lord Fauntleroy collar with the he-man cap and sturdy boots. I’m wondering if the collar was a prop the photographer/grandma threw in there. Somehow, the model is workin’ it!

    • That’s definitely a possibility. Maybe it’s an example of too many cooks spoiling the stew, with too many people trying to shape the boy’s image. Fortunately, the boy seems to be able to hold his own.

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