Difficult Images: Countries--Page 2

Figure 8.--HBC has no idea as to the nationality of this boy and his mother. We are unsure just what kind of unifirm that he is wearing. Click on the image for a more detailed discussion.

Country identification is sometimes eased by ethnic styles or the ethnic makeup of certain countries. In many instances boy wear styles like sailor suits that were widely worn throughout Europe, making specific country identificaton difficult. We have acquired quite anumber of 19th and early 20th century portraits that we are having trouble identifying. Many are definitely European. Several may be German, but we are having trouble definitelvely identifying them. Some countries have no destinguishable characteristic clothing styles. Country identification has become especially difficult in recent hyears as so many tyles have crossed national borders. Modern European boys in "T" shirts, jeans, and sneakers, for example, are virtually impossible to identify.

Please let HBC know if you have any thoughts on the nationality of these families or children.

Figure 9.--This photograph is obviously continental European. I would guess that it is probably Dutch, perhaps taken in the late 1940s, but we have no real information. Notice the tassles on the boys' kneesocks.

Figure 10.--HBC is unsure about the nationality of this image. It looks to have been taken about 1905-10. The boy's outfit looks rather French, but his hair is longer than most images I have noted fir boys this age. Italy and Spain are two other possibilities. I'm also not sure what "Pepito Arriola" means. Click on the image for a fuller discussion.

Figure 11.--We do not know where this image was taken in Eastern Europe, we believe probably in what would now be Poland or Hungary. This rural scene is undated, but we suspect it was taken about 1910 before World War. The children here helping to take in the harvest are barefoot and wear ragged clothing, but they look well fed. Note that all the boys have long pants. Image courtesy of the MD collection. Click on the image for a fuller discussion.

Figure 12.--This image is not identified. This boy looks to be about 16-17 years old and wears a kneepants suit and kneesocks with high top shoes. To his left is a flat cap. We are unsure about the nationality. It seems most likely a German image, although it might be English. We suspect that the photograph was taken about 1920.

Figure 13.--A German reader sent us this image which was dated 1887. We at first thought that it might be German. Apparently it is not. On the back of the portrait is written, "familia Stanja" in a mixture of current (German style) and Latin. Our reader believes that they may be Donauschwaben or Volkdeutche, but is not at all sure.

Figure 14.--We are unsure about this image. The children and their clothes look rather French to us, but I'm less sure about the mother. She looks more Italian to us. There is a photographers stamp in the lower right corner. We woyuld guess the portrait was taken in the 1920s.


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