Monday, September 27, 2010

Photo Number 324

Well, this week lets look at a category that I made up.  Children in chairs. The photos that have me saying..oh my I hope they didn’t fall.
Leonard and Otis copy
This is Leonard and Otis, they look to be fairly close in age..perhaps a year apart. This is a Real Photo Postcard and it is from right around 1910 to 1920.  Cyko made these cards from 1904 to 1920..but this particular one was printed in 1910 and after.
Leonard and Otis two
Dear Sister and Bro.                           Leonard and Otis
Well at last I’ve got the boys picture. What do you thing of them  ant I get some nice boys.  They all say around here that it is good of them.  Bye by Esther and Alf

This Real Photo Postcard was sent to Mrs John Maloney, Hibbing Minn.

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Update from Abra: 
These cute children are Leonard and Otis Gunderson, the first two children of Alfred and Esther (Forcier) Gunderson. The Gundersons had a dozen children in all, if I counted correctly. Mrs John Maloney was Esther's older sister, Mary Forcier. Esther & Alfred were married 9-15-1909. Leonard was born 4-16-1910 and Otis 9-7-1911. With that information, I would guess this photo is from 1912. The Gundersons and Forciers lived in Renville and Kandiyohi counties, very close to the county I live. Leonard and Otis married women with the same last name (possibly sisters--didn't search that far). Leonard died young (1957), while Otis died in 1978. There are many living relatives, and I will look for one of Leonard's or Otis' children/grandchildren to connect. Should be pretty easy; I just need more time in a day! (BTW, Esther's sister, Mary Maloney, moved around a bit after their marriage in 1905, but were settled near the rest of the family in Kandiyohi county by 1930).

11 comments:

  1. Cute lil' guys they are! And what a contraption the "high chair" appears to be...

    As expected from the "English" and the name, John Maloney came over from Ireland - but of course there are a bazillion "John Maloney"s and the "sender" seems to be blood related to the Mrs.

    I wonder if this card ever got sent? Did the stamp fall off of it?

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  2. Iggy, It may have never made it through the mail. No stamp was ever on this postcard. Years ago I heard stories about letters that were hand delivered by other relatives that were going to visit. It was a fairly common practice here in Minnesota..I don't know if it was a fear of the letter/photo being lost..or just the knowledge that your communication would be delivered by family:)

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  3. They are cute little fellows, definitely! I think you are right that they are about a year apart. The older one looks like 18 months at best.

    Norkio

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  4. They always used stand little ones on tables way back then because cameras weren't "flexible" in those days. Kids must have felt pretty odd about that...

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  5. Hi Connie:

    I have figured out who Otis and Leonard are and have names for several of Otis' children/ grandchildren. I will update more tomorrow, as it is late & I have a very early workday tomorrow.

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  6. Holy moly Abra! You must of hit the jackpot somehow! :)

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  7. Jan, Thanks! I never thought about the cameras only being one height. It makes sense!

    Abra, I figured this one would get your interest. I will be gone the rest of the day..a little fun trip with a few side trips to Antique Shops! Maybe I will find some more photos! :)

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  8. These cute children are Leonard and Otis Gunderson, the first two children of Alfred and Esther (Forcier) Gunderson. The Gundersons had a dozen children in all, if I counted correctly. Mrs John Maloney was Esther's older sister, Mary Forcier. Esther & Alfred were married 9-15-1909. Leonard was born 4-16-1910 and Otis 9-7-1911. With that information, I would guess this photo is from 1912. The Gundersons and Forciers lived in Renville and Kandiyohi counties, very close to the county I live. Leonard and Otis married women with the same last name (possibly sisters--didn't search that far). Leonard died young (1957), while Otis died in 1978. There are many living relatives, and I will look for one of Leonard's or Otis' children/grandchildren to connect. Should be pretty easy; I just need more time in a day! (BTW, Esther's sister, Mary Maloney, moved around a bit after their marriage in 1905, but were settled near the rest of the family in Kandiyohi county by 1930).

    This was quite an easy find, actually, as there just aren't many people in MN named Esther, Alf, Leonard, and Otis! I plugged in the name Otis, with the parents names and it was the first family to pop up. Further research on Otis (death index) revealed his mother's name was Forcier. Just did alot of cross referencing after that, between ancestry.com and the MOMS (Minnesota Online Marriage System). It was a fun find, andI will try to get you some names for contacting soon! :-)

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  9. These are my Uncles..I have all the names of the children of Ester and Alfred (as I am their Grandchild and they were my Fathers brothers) if you need them

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  10. Hi Joy, If you would like this postcard I will mail it to you. Send me an email..my email address is in my profile next to the little yellow flower on the left column of the blog. Connie

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Connie