|Baby Picture No. 1||Baby Picture No. 2|
Other than costume clues, there’s very little information in the pictures. Each child is dressed in the typical long white gown, fashionable for babies from the late 19th century to the early part of the 20th century. In the first image (Baby Picture No. 1) the child is several months old, but not yet able to walk. The child in the second image (Baby Picture No. 2) is older and mobile. The key is the length of the dress. It was shortened so it would not interfere with an older child’s walking and crawling. Both boys and girls wore this costume until they were young toddlers. In each image, the lack of significant hair makes it difficult to determine the sex of either child. It’s usually possible to tell the sex of a child by the part in the hair: center parts for girls and side parts for boys.
While the oral tradition in the Beetler family is that both children in teh photos are from the Learned family, members of the family could not positively identify either image. It is possible, given the clothing and dates of birth, that these babies could be either Dianne’s grandmother born in 1900 or one of her brothers.
- Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs by Maureen A. Taylor