The HBC biography section is for people or families that have achieved some degree of notariety or fame. HBC readers in many cases have submitted family portraits. HBC has until now not added them to the biography section. We believe now that this is a mistake. Many of the HBC readers contributing family portraits can also provide details about the boy and him family. This background information help us to assess social trends and put the fashions involved in perspective. This is just why the biographical section is an important part of HBC. As a result, HBC has decided to create pages for these relatively unknown people, when some basic family data is available. Incidentally if you find a relative here, please do tell us somehing about him. Here we are listing these biographies alpahabetically to facilitate looking up individual names. The alphabdetical list is the primary data base in this section. While we have not persued geneolgical resreach on these individual, having the names and in many cases the loaction provide the potential to acquire more back ground information in the future which may provide additonal insights into the fashion and life style trends.
Here we see William E.Nadler about 1880. William was photographed at aboyt 11 years of age wearing an elaborate military drummers uniform. The cabinet card portrait was taken by S.A.Taylor from Amsterdam N.Y. We are not sure what kind of uniform William is wearing. He is too young to actually be in the Army. Perhaps he is a military school cadet. We are not sure if there is an academy near Amsterdam. He might be a member of some kind of civic or fraternal band. Or possibly it is just a costume.
William John George Napier, 11th Lord Napier, 2nd Baron Ettrick (1846�1913) was a British Peer born in 1846). We note a portrait with his mother Lady Napier and his younger brother John Scott (1848-1928) probably taken about 1858 when Lord Napier was serving as a British diplomat in he United States. The portrait was taken in Washington, D.C. at the Brady studio. Minister Lord Napier and Lady Napier quickly became part the Washington social scene just before the Civil War (1858-59). They were known for their fine entertainment balls. Although Scottish and Queen Victoria was popularizing Scottish dress, the boys do nit wear Scottish outfits. We donot know if they did in Britain. William wears a short lapel jackets and loose white collar. John wears what looks like a tunic and more rounded collar. Both boys wear long pants.
William's parents were Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier and Anne Jane Charlotte. His father had a long list of accomplishments. He served Governor of Madras and Acting Viceroy of India and oversaw a royal commission on the conditions of crofters and cottars in the Highlands and Islands. William Napier married Harriet Blake Armstrong Lumb (1867) and Grace Burns (1898). He had three sons: Francis Edward Basil Napier, 12th Lord Napier, 3rd Baron Ettrick; the Hon. Frederick William Scott Napier; and the Hon. Archibald Lennox Colquhoun William George Napier.
Here are two children who survivied the Titantic disaster in 1912 interested me. There seems to be contradictory information about who the children are. The photo has a notation at the top
reading "Louis & Lola? Titanic survivors", but the Bain Collection from which the photo comes identifies the children as Louis and Edmond Narvatic as the two children. I tend to trust the Bain designation since both of the children look like boys to me and since the notation on the photo itself has a question mark after the names. It has been suggested that the photo might have been taken on the Carpathia, the ship that rescued some of the Titanic survivors, but the background of the photo showing a playground with a wire fence and wooden wall with some leafless shrubery does not look like the setting one would find on a ship. I think the photo must have been taken on land, possibly in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where most of the survivors were taken. There is a famous cemetery in Halifax where a number of the Titanic victims were buried.
This boy is G.V. Naylor-Leyland. He was about 15 years old when this portrait was taken in his Eton School uniform. Note the crisp Eton collar. The portrait is undated, but we estimate that it was taken about 1907. He was killed in action on Monday September 21, 1914 aged 22 years in France during the early phase of fighting during World War I. He was a Lieutenant with the Horse Guards (the 'Blues').
We see 10-year old Troy Colbert playing basketball with his Australian friend, 11-year old Mark Neal in 1979. Troy lived in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mark was from Buchan near Sydney. The two boys in the days before the internet wanted penpals. Troy noticed a promotion for penpalls on the 'Big Blue Marble', a popular kids TV show. Mark saw a magazine ad. Troy had visited Australia earlier which is why he wanted a penpal there. Mark is visiting America for the first time, part of a big adventure with his globe-trotting grandmother. Troy models standared American wear at the time, cut-off short pants and tube socks. The shorts seem to have cartoon prints. He also wears a baseball cap, not yet very popular in Australia. Mark also wears a T-shirt, bit not the message/supporter type popular in America. He has what looks like summer school shorts and flipflops, not very good for basketball. The boys appear to be enjoying themselves.
This looks like a a paper framed portrait, not a cabinet card. The photogrph itself may have been a snaspshot taken in the family living room. The paper frame has elaborate ruling. It is not dated, but would have been taken about 1930, probably in the early-30s. The children are identified as Francis and Lynford Nehil. Wethink they arefrom Tennessee. They look to be about 5-13 years old. Lynford wears a short pants Eton suit with a sports collar, patterned knee socks, and low-cut shoes. Frances has a massive hairdo and wears a striped dress with long stockings. These were not coldweather stockings. Long stockings were still common in the 1920s, but beginning to go out of style in the 30s.
This snapshot was from a family photo album found in Allamakee County, Iowa, primarily around Lansing. It appears to have been owned by Emma Nelson. Presumably Emmaas Robert's mother. Nearly all people are of Norwegian origin. The boy here is Robert Nelson. He wears a voluminous romper suit. He looks to be about 2-years old. Another snapshot shows Robert with bangs and wearing rompers at age 3 years. The photograph is undted, but many of the photographs in the album were from the 1910s. Many of the romper images we have found comefrom rural or small town reas like the one here.
This postcard-back portrait is not identified, bit as it was sent by waht look like N.P. Nelson, it is safe to say that these are the Nelson children. The AZO stamp box indicated that the portrait was taken 1904-18, we suspect it was taken in the late-1900s decade. The children look to be bout 2-8 years old. The yuonger children look to be wearing basic dresses. The boy wears a double-breasted suit with a huge Fauntleroy ruffled collar and we think a modest bow. The gitl rars a white dress with extended puff sleeves+, a necklace and a hair bow. The star of the portrait is a wonderfully patient pooch which the children clearly adore. The writer speacks of Minnesota and Michigan so they surely came from the upperr-Midwest. Melson is a Scandinavian name and many Scanfibavians settked in the upper-Midwest.
This studio portrait shows the Nethery brothers, Ronald and Raymond. The boys wear identical plaid floppy bows with white button-on outfits. The blouses have a very large Eton-shaped collars and button on to the shorts. The blouses have mock-double breasted styling and buttonn at the side. Both wear white long stockings and strap shoes, the ankle strsap type. Theirhir has been very carefully combed. A reader writes, "My little grandsons can't believe it when they see these photos!" The portrait had a postally unused postcard bavl. Writtern on the back is "Taken Oct. 1, 1915". The boys look to be about 5-7 years old.
Several CDVs from a album compiled by the Newcomb family from New London Connecticut include boys and youth. Some are Newcomb boys. Other are their friends. And there is a CDV of a school class at the Hill Street School in New London that Fred Newcomb attended. We are guessing the boys at the school exchanged portrait of each other--and indication that the family and their friends were affluent. Some of the portraits are dated 1862. We believe that all of them were taken about the same time. This was early in the Civil War. The boys' patriotic frvor is displayed in a unit they formed--Star Company. New London was an important port and there would have been a lot of naval activity there. We know nothing about the Newcomb family otther than they look affluent. Al we have to go on are the CDVs.
This cabinet card portrait shows Herman Newcomb who looks to be about 6 years old. He is wearing a period sailor suit. There is a V collar, but not a pronounced one, covered by a good sized bow. There is also a white collar. The bow suggests the earky-80s to us rather than the lte-70s. There are stripes everywhere, even on the knee pants. The knee pants are shorter than we commonly see in the 70s, another indicator of the 1880s. Herman also has white long stockings ad low-cut oxford shoes. Notice his cap at left. Boys sailor suits were still quite vafied and not yet closelu following actual uniform style like the ones we see in the 1890s. The portrait is undated, but the suit styling and the mount style suggests tht it was takem in the late-1870s or early 80s. The boy';s nanme is written on the back. Notice his center part. Center parts are usually areliable indicator tht the child is al, but like we see here, boys also could have center part. The portrait was found in a Connecticut famiky album. The portrait, however, was taken by Marc & Schlum in New York City.
This tinted tin-type portait shows Eddie Newall about 1890. He is pictured with a small wooden wheelbarrow. Some more professionally posed than we note for many tin-types at the time. Eddie looks to be about 5 years old. He has long ringlet curls and is wearing a checked gingham dress. Looks like he's all set for Gardening, with his wide-brimmed straw hat sitting on a chair next to him--note the long streamer. Eddie Newell was the name written on the old photo album which had this and other photographs. The tinting is also very professionally done.
This postcard back snapshot shows a boy named R????? Newton. Unfortunately his first name is not clearly written. Nor do we know where he is from in America. He is pictured near a rocky ledge, rather dressed up for a country outing. He looks to be about 8-9 years old. The boy has a military styled pealed cap. We see those caps in the 1900s, but by the 1910s, flat caps were more common. He is wearing a single-breasted suit jacket and matching knickers. Unusually he wears a black belt over the jacket. These belts were common with tunics, but not with suit jackets. He also wears a Fauntleroy blouse with a large square collar without a floppy bow. The has dark, probably black long stockings. The postcard is undated, but we can narrow it down to about 1910. The postcard has a divided back which means that it could have been taken as early as 1907. The Fauntleroy blouse suggests the 1900s while the knickers are more consistent with the 1910s. Thus around 1910 is a good estimate.
Here we see the Nicholson Brothers with their father. They were from Notingham. The image is undated, but we woild guess it was taken in the 1870s, both because of the clothing and the style of the mount. Both boys wear small Eton collars with basic bows. The boys collated suit jackets have a hint of Norfolk styling. They both wear kneepants with long stockings. Their father has a suit with small lapels.
Here we see three boys who are identified on the back of the cabinent card. Unfortunately the writing is not clear. It looks to be Nordlota, but that is not a name we recognize. Perhaps a HBC reader will have a better idea. Unfortunately someone has marked over the names. We do know their first names: Bill, George, and Henry. Their parents were Libbie Sm??? Nordlota. The portrait was taken by the NAS New Gallery in Denver, Colorado. It looks to have been taken about 1890. The boys are wearing dresses and a suit. The dresses are simple white frocks. This provides a good idea of when the boys were breeched.
Here we have a page for a society wedding. Lady Joan Wentworth-Fitzwilliam married Capt. G. P. Philipps, at the Guards' Chapel, Wellington Barracks. W are not sure about the date. We would say the late 1920s or early 30s. There were a record number of bridal attendants--seventeen. The bride is the daughter of the Earl and Countess Fitzwilliam. The bridegroom is the only son of Maj. Grismond Philipps and Mrs. Philipps, of Cwmgwili, Carmarthenshire. The page here is Derek North. I am not sure how he was related to the bridal couple.
This is a portrait of Charles Norton (1822- ). He was the son of Myron Norton and [Caroline?] Marsh Norton. The subject is painted bust-length turned slightly to the left, wearing a black suit with brass buttons, black stock, and flowered white vest. His hair as was common in the nid-19th century partially covers his ears. He is seated on a red upholstered chair. Oil on canvas. He looks to be a teenager about 15-17 years old. The portrait was probably painted around 1837.
This CDV portrait shows William MacFarlane Notman in 1865. The portrait was taken by his father
William Notman. William MacFarlane Notman also became a noted photographer. William wears a cut-away jacket although it is only cut away at the bottom. There look to be seven buttons to securely close thee jacket. He has a small white collar and simple bow. He wears very full knickers. This was an Englis style as American boys were more likely to wear knee pants or long pants at the time. He looks to be about 8 years old. Note the wonderful table. I'm not sure what is on it.
This is a portrait of three children. They look about 6-12 yeats old. While they are identified, we are not entirely sure about the names. This is a rare Daguerreotypre we have found where the individuals are identified. The identifification apparaently was written a few years after the Dag was taken because Louise has married and her married name is Davies. Unfortunately the writing is a little indestinct, especilly their last (family) name. We think it is Noyas, but we are not at all sure. Hopefully our HBC readers will be able to decphier the hand writing more definitively. WE are sure about Louise and Libbie, but are rather unsure about George, but the writing looks like "Geo.". We think the portrait was taken in the 1840s, but dating Dags is difficult. The portrait provides good views of the girls' dresses. One has an an open neck which was common for younger girls and the older girl has a vollared neck dress. She has a detinctive necklas. The boy's suit is rather indestinct, but he has a shirt with a small collar, another common sttle.. All three children have long hair, but only the girls hair is done in ringlets.
This is a albumen CDV portrait of a boy abiut 4 years old. He is on verso, but the writing is very difficult to make out. It seems to say "Uncle Henry (perhaps Benny) from Eddie S?. O'Bane? Hopefully HBC readers will have some insight as to the actual name. More clear is that the CDV is dated May 1865, at the vert end of the Civil War. The portrait was made by T. A. Beach of Delaware, Ohio. The Federal Revenue stamp has been removed, Henry wears a dress with diamond patterns, We do not know whay yhje color was. There looks to be white and back trim abnd a black waistband. The dress has colored band. Henry seems to be wearing pantalettes made in the same material as the dress. He has stripped stockings. His hair is very thick, but worn short.
Here we see the five O'Connor boys in 1960, although we are not positive that this the actual date or an estimate. It does look right for the late-1950s or early-60s. The boys look to be about 5-14 years old. They may attend the same school, but the wide age range suggests it may not be a school uniform. The name is Irish, which suggests the boys may be Catholic. And there were some Catholic acadenmies that did have wide age ranges. Not many schools had such wide age ranges. Mum may have just dressed all the boys alike. The younger boy is Peter O’Connor. His older brothers are Tony, Paul, John, and Daniel. We are not sure if they all went to the same school, are more likely mum just liked to dress then all alike. They all wear grey collared school shirts, horizontal striped ties, short pants, and knee socks. Many of these items were popular school garments. That does not mean they were necesarily wearing a school uniform, just garments commonly worn to school. The identical neckties, however do suggest that they attended the same school. The grey shirts in particular were widely worn for school because they did not show dirt like a white shirt. Two of the boys wear the same school socks with the colored top band. The knee socks are the only differences we note with how the boys are dressed. The studio was Standish and Preece, we think in Christchurch.
George Walter Oakley was born about 1851-53. This Daguerreotype portrait according to the Wisconsin Historica Society (WHS) was probaly taken about 1856-58. We might have dated in a little earlirrHe looks to be aboyt 5 years old. He lived in Madison Wisconsin. That at the time was the Western frointier just before the Civil War. Georfge wears a plaid tunic with a ruffled collar. A reader tells us it was called a pie-crust collar, The tunic has a set-in fabric belt with draws in the waistline. Tunics without the belt apprently were called 'sacques'. There are pearl buttons and buttons with rosettes. The short sleeves are edged with ribbin runbching. It is a more highly decorated tunic than we usually see. Notice the short, open tunic sleeves and the full blouse sleeves. We see this in both women's and girls' dress sleves and boys' tunuics and other garment during the 1840s-50s, here we need to confirm the chronology. The white, shirt like farment was probably a cambric shirt probably buttined to the trousers waistband. The sleeves ppear to be gathered to a band at both the elbow and wrist. We can see Geoirge's fark trouses wich almost certainly were long trousers. Notice that George's hais longish down to his ears and has two parts.
One of Draper's portraits is Master Teddy Oates. The boy had an illustrious forebear, Lawrence 'Titus' Oates. He was the son of his nephew Lieutenant BWG Oates, the nephew of Captain Oates who went to the Antarctic with Captain Scott. The portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy (1919), just before Draper's death. Captain Lawrence Oates was a hero of the Scott Expedition. In an effort to save his friends who were running short of provisions, he walked out of the tent, in a blizzard, saying, 'I am stepping outside. I may be some time.' Lawrence Oates was a bit of a Maverick. He was an An Army Officer in the Boer War. On two skirmishes with the Boers, he was asked to surrender. His answer on each occasion is said to be, "I came here to fight, not to surrender." He came from a wealthy family, and bought his way on the Scott Expedition by donating �1,000 towards the Expedition. (Equivalent to �50.00 today) He and Scott never got on well. He was put in charge of the horses used to tow the sledges of supplies. He reported that these were usless old nags, quite unsuitable for the journey. Scott described him as 'peevish'. He beacme a National Hero when his self-sacrifice, albeit useless, become known. His immortal words "I am stepping outside - I may be sometime" Caught the imagination of the British Press and Public. Teddy is dressed in a velvet scarlet short trouser suit and ruffled collared blouse, white ankle socks and strap shoes. Teddy looks to be about 5-6 years old.
A HBC reader has provided an account about Jack Odell. He is an 11 year old boy who in 1912 went with his family went on a motor tour of Ireland. The photographic record of the holiday became an important historical document. The photographs taken onboard the White Star liner Titanic are the only primary source historians and documentary makers have of the ship's onboard life and they give an idea of how the boys on board were dressed.
Here we have another First Communion portrait, or at least we think it is a First Communion portrait. There are four children in the portrait. We think it is the older children having their First Communions. The older boy is Cletus Hullen. He wears a dark suit. The younger boy is Henry Oelschlagen. He wears a white shirt and
white kneeants with white long stockings. The girls are Margatet and Jeneviene Budina. I'm not sure what the younger children are doing with the older children. The portrait is undated and do not know where in America the portrait was taken.
This Ambrotype photograph shows a Japanese boy nammed Okuda Michitaro. His name is written in sumi ink on the back of the wooden case. It is a fascinating view of both hair styles and traditional clothing. This looks to be dress hakama kimono and not an everyday one. Hakama are a kind of long skirt, tied at the waist and fall to the ankles. Hakama are worn over a kimono (hakamashita). They were in the 19th century when this portrait was tken a men's style, but women now also wear hakama. Notice the hakama is done in a solid color, although we do not know what color it may have been. Notice the wooden geta shoes and how high the foot platform was. This is higher than we normally see. Also notice the tabi toe socks. The Japanese did not normally wear the geta shoes without socks. The tabi socks wirn by both genders in the 19th and most of the 20th century were almost always white. The portrait is undated and traditional clothing provides few clues as to the date of the portrait. Traditional styles did not change as much as styles of Western clothing. The dealer belirves it was taken during the mid-Meiji period or in the 1880s. The size is 6 cm x 8.8cm (2.4 in x 3.5 in). The date is possible because Ambrotypes persisted in Japan after they had disappeared in the West. As was common in Japan, the case and frame was wooden.
We note a portrait of Edward Ollerenshaw painted by an unknown author. Edward was the son of Edward Ollerenshaw thus he was Edward Jr. Edward Jr was the Great-great uncle of Lord Sauderson (spelling indestinct). There are some questiion marks on the label so apparently the identification is somewhat uncertain. The portrait is undated. It looks to us based on the ruffled clollar that Edward had his portrait taken in the early 19th century. We are, however, somewhat confused. Edward's jacket, however, does not look at all like a skeleton suit which was in fashion at the time.
This portrait we think is a cabinet card (as opposed to a portrasit in a paper frame). It is a good example of the many varied styles of cabinet cards that appeared after the turn of the 20th century. The card measures 9" x 6". The actual insert print is 5 1/2" x 4". The boy wears a traditional sailor suit with an embroidered anchor dickey. The portraitwas taken in Chicago, Illinois, but we cannot make out the name of photographer. The inscription on the bsck reads, "Ralph Patterson Olmstead, Nov 23, 1912 - Age 7 Yrs, 6 1/2 Mo". Note the slightly off center, center hair part.
We note a cabinet card marked 'The Orton chikldren'. We are not sure what this meant. It could mean am entertaiment grouop of some kind. The boy is waving a jocky cap and Fauntleroy suit with leather leggings. Th posd wavbing his cap ios inusual, in part becvause of the slow emilsion speeds of the day. The portrait was probably taken in the late-1880s.
Titus Ostrander was born about 1828. A poortrait was painted with his mohter about 1828 by an imoprtant folk art or naive primitive portraitists -- Ammi Phillips (1788-1868). was one of the most successful and prolific American 19th century. He painted over 800 oortraits. He worked in New York's Hudson River Valley and Western New England. One of best regared portaits is a striking work showing Rachel Ostrander and her son Titus. It his largest known work and considered by many his outstanding work. Rachel was beautiful, but wiould experience many tragedies. Rachel Overbaugh married Stephen Nottingham at the age of 17 years I(1827). Titus was born soon after, pesusumably (1828). This portrait was painted (c1834-35). One source suggests 1837, but this seemn unlikely given Titus' age. Rachel was clearly a very elegant woman. Another child was born just after this portrait was finished. Phillips clearly has hidden her pregnancy. Painting a pregnant women would have been seen as in poor taste at the time. Titus wouls have been about 6 years old at the time. Hewears a dress-like top, a partial skort, and panralettes, probably drawees at the time. this garment is interesting. The topp with a low neclklone vand puff sleeves is clrarly a dress boidice. The bottom looks like the open skirt oif a dress. We note, however, boys wearing suit jackets with long tails. Some of the tails were extended forward forming a partial skirt. Rachael's husband died (1840). Rachel than married her first cousin, Solomon Overbaugh (1842). Another child, Peter, was 1 year old when Solomon also died (1844). Rachel married her third husband, Captain William Teunis Swart (1846). We have been unable to find any information about Otis.
We know very little about Peppino Oro/Ovo [his writing us a liitle indestinct]. We do know that he wrote an incription to his uncle Maggiore (major) Pasquale Rosario. Wether his uncle was in argentina or back in Italy we do not know, although the portrait is in the hands of an Argentine dealer, suggesting that he may be in Argentina. We do know that Peppino has recently arrived in Argentina from Italy, because he wrote the inscripton in Italian, not Spanish. We thought he might be 6 years old because he has added "6 11/93". But this may be the date. Although it is unclear because the way he has written it. But it would not have been November--this is spring/summer in Argentina. And he is dressed foe winter. He weas a sailor cap, knickers sailor suit, and reefer jacket. Many Italians emigrants in the late-19th century chose Argentina rather than America. And Argentine at the time was moving toward aebel of economic development that would have placed it on a trajecory to crate an economy comparable to a Europeam country.
A HBc reader has provided us some images of a New Illinois family--the Overaker family. They were from Springfield, Illinois--the state capital. Some of the photographs are from the 1940s and show us Lews. is at different ages with his brother, coysins, and father. We also see various family members in different decades. Unfortunately we do not know much about the family other than can be deduced from the photographs.
This cabinent card shows Malcom Overbagh wearing a frilly dress. He looks about 2 years old. Younger boys commonly wore dresses and other skirted garments in the 19th century including many boys older than Malcomb. This fashion rapidly declined in the early 20th century. We mostly see younger boys wearing drwsses and frilly dresses like this one become less common. The cabinet card measures: 4.25" x 6.5" -- oval photograph: 2" x 3". The new style cabinet card does not indicate the studio. It helps date the portrait to the 1900s.
This little American boy, Walter Own, had a cabinent portrait take, we think in 1895. Walter was born May 14, 1993. As he looks about 2 years old, we believe that the portrait was probanly taken in 1895. His parents were John Owen and his wife Anna Owen. The portrait was tajen by Hohmanny of Mondovi, Wisconsin. Walter wears a blouse kilt suit done with sailor styling. His blouse does not have the sailor "V" front, but the destinctive white stipes are a popular element in sailor styling. Mother has added a white bow. He has what looks like a fob more than a lanyard, but presumably has a whistle on it. An interesting aspect of the portrait is the studio chair he stands on. It shows an adjustable headrest that can be adjusted for the sitters height.
These two boys are Rodger and Rodrick from were from Waupaca, Wisconsin. We think their last name was Ownens. The cabinent card portrait is undated, bit looks like the 1890s to us. At first glance we thought the boys were wearing wearing Fauntleroy kilt suits. But on closer examination they seem to be jacketed dresses. The difference is that rather than wearing a kilt skirt the boys seem to be wearing drsses. The top of the dresses is made to look like a vest, but the top seems to be sewed toether rather than separate garment. Kilt suits and dresses were still common for younger boys, especially in the early 1890s. Notice the boys are wearing striped long stockings, that was becomeing less common by the 1890s. On;y one of the boys wears ringlets. He looks to be a little older.
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