Photo Sharing Theme of the Week: Boys

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This week's photo sharing theme: Boys.

To participate, simply:

  1. Choose a family photo that fits this week's theme.
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ago in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)

18 Answers

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This is a photo taken about 1924 of my father Clare Lovelace Jr. and his three friends. Looks like they might be walking home from school. My father is second from the right with the long tie.

ago by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (417k points)
Alexis.....I think this is a rather nice photo of your father and his friends at what appears to be about age six......I studied the photo because I am missing photos for that year of my life.
This is a great photo, Alexis.  I love how they are all standing so close together, touching each other.
That is a great picture, Alexis. It is so clear and full of detail.It may just be the way he's turned, but to me, your father's shoes are a bit larger than the other boys?
Thank you John for the always great comment. My husband saw this and asked me why they all had short pants. I told him it was the style. I think they started wearing long pants about age seven or eight.
Pat, thank you for your sweet comment. I may be able to identify the boy on the right. Funny how these Challenges make me really look at these photos.

Bryan, I love your comment. My grandmother was very thrifty, and I can see her buying shoes a little large, so my father could wear them longer.wink

What sweet-looking boys. Having had only sons myself, I'm partial to them (though I love my granddaughters). Thank you, Alexis, for sharing this wonderful photo.
Thank you Robin for your sweet comment. Boys are special—they just seem to love their mothers.
What a great photo of the boys, Alexis! Thank you for sharing it. Ah, yes, short pants and knee socks... that was before my time, but it was definitely the style for young boys. I didn't notice at first, but it looks like all the boys except your father have something in their mouths. A gum ball, maybe? Or maybe they're just being goofy.
Lloyd thank you for your very observant comment. My husband thought the same thing. My father might have his gum ball still in his hand, since it is likely that one of his parents took the photo.
+10 votes

These are my great grandmother's brothers.  I only know who one of them is as I have other photographs of him. I need to find out who the others are as I have there names and I even have a wedding photograph for one of them. When they were newly married one couple lived with my gt grandparents.

ago by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (175k points)
Hilary, Are they at a special occasion? I notice they are all wearing suits and ties, which was not uncommon in those days.
Not sure of the date but I suppose it could have been for a wedding.
A handsome group of boys, for sure! Thanks for sharing, Hilary. Working out the identities of people in old photos can be very challenging when you have little else to go on. I hope you're able to identify all of them at some point.

I am wondering if these are all the brothers except Isaac Ernest Witt who was the first to marry. It could have been taken at his wedding.

+10 votes

My wife, Kathy's, maternal grandfather, Axel Swenson. age 12, in Sweden and his younger brother "Ed" in 1897.  By 1910 he was living on a farm, with his parents, in Kansas and in 1912 acquired 320 acres in Montana where family members reside, on the ranch, to present times.                      

ago by John Thompson G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
So your wife is 2d generation of US-born. Has she or you been to Sweeden?
John, This is such a wonderful photo for being taken in 1897. Thank you for sharing.
Wonderful photo, John and Kathy.  The boys look so much alike.  What strikes me is they are wearing the stiff collars that men of that era wore.  They look like young gentlemen.
Bryan......Kathy's mother, Margaret, was born in Montana, U.S.A. and had a cross border wedding with Harry Wagner from Alberta, Canada, settling in Whisky Gap.  Kathy was born in Mission, British Columbia and has lived as far east as Dakota and south in San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.  Kathy has not been away from North America, but her mother did travel to Sweden for a visit.
Alexis.....Kathy's eyes lit up when I told her she had comments on her grandfather and his brother's photo.
Pat, I knew I would have to go to Kathy's families to find photos of multiple boys......this photo jumped out of the first page of our Ancestry photos.
What handsome young men, John! It appears that they must have had blue eyes. And they both look very serious. Thank you, and Kathy, for sharing this photo.

Yes, Robin, they did come from the land of 'blue' eyes and Kathy has light green eyes almost blueish in this morning's early light. smiley

Great photo of the "boys," John! As Alexis said, it appears to be in wonderful condition for its age and having come across the Atlantic. Thanks for sharing.
+8 votes

The picture shows my father-in-law (right in the picture) playing music and singing in his home garden in Heiderfeld, municipality of Leezen, district of Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein.
The photo was taken around 1955. Since there was no television at that time, the young people passed the time, if they did not have to help at home with the work, differently. In the summer, they often played soccer on the street, and in the winter, they played ice hockey on the frozen swamp lake with homemade ice hockey sticks. The more musical youngsters played music and also performed at smaller village events to earn a few German Marks in extra pocket money.

ago by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I like this photo, Dieter.  You'll note the serious expressions on the three in front and the little grin on the fellow behind them.
I wonder, Dieter, if these young men continued with their music. Thank you for sharing another of your photos and your wonderful descriptions.
Thank you for sharing this photo, Dieter, and for your great description. I wish I could hear the music!
+11 votes

Bud and Shug Strange

My mother's brothers, George Marion (aka ""Shug") and Daniel Briscoe (aka "Bud") Strange. It is amusing to me that they were known as Bud and Shug. They kind of look like gangsters.  Bud became an alcoholic after serving in Vietnam. I was told that keeping the troops drunk was his unit's way of dealing with the atrocities of war. Alcoholism led to his death. Shug was a construction equipment operator. He died last year at the age of 85.

Oh, And the car is a Model T Ford, I don't know what happened to it.

ago by Bryan Lawson G2G6 Mach 1 (15.4k points)
Amazing photo, Bryan.  Yeah, they are playing gangster. I get that impression too. Is this an old Ford in the era of Bonnie and Clyde?  When was the photo taken?  Their hats and the car help make this picture really special.  I could see it hanging on a living room wall as an art print.
Love the expression on their faces, I agree with Pat, it would make a great art print.

The picture was taken around 1942. Here is another picture from the same time:

It is Bud, my mom, Shug, mom's sisters Louise "Sis: the oldest, and baby Jearl. Mom had 20 brothers and sisters including halfs.

Bryan thank you for sharing such a wonderful photo of boys having fun.
Second picture is not showing; it is probably privacy protected. Try moving it to the free space. (And is there a car in that one?)

@Joyce, I forget that my mother's pictures are hidden because she is still living. I added it to the 52_weeks archive. Let me know if that worked. And here is my grandmother holding my mother behind their car in 1939.

Yes, Bryan, that worked. Wonderful pictures! Looks like the kids took the baby out of the stroller and are so proud that she knows how to sit up.
Bryan, I love all of these photos, especially the boys with their hats. And Sis looks so angelic with her pose. Thank you for sharing them.
What a fabulous photo of Shug and Bud! I love it. Thanks for sharing it, Bryan. Thanks for sharing the others, too. The one of the group of kids is just too cute!
+7 votes

This is a photo taken in 1938, California of my great-grandfather's first five of ten children second family. My four uncles and one aunt.

ago by Gary Nevius G2G6 (6.5k points)

Ahha......I went to the gallery to see the photo clearer and that is where I noticed, 'Blondies all to start' my first marriage we were both dark haired and had blond twin father was 46 when I was born and as I grew older I didn't recognize him as blonde until one day I saw his I.D. registered as I understand. surprise

+11 votes

After my father (John Miller) lost his mother at age 10, his father at age 12, he lived with his Aunt Frances in the house shown in last week's photo challenge.  She was a teacher who secured a summer job as a cook at the Sidney Lanier Camp in Eliot, Maine.  This camp had the traditional swimming, hiking, games, camp fire activities but also plays, classical music, poetry readings. Dad went with Frances every summer 1930 to 1935 and he said it saved him.  He was so withdrawn after his parents died and he came alive at this camp.  So much to see and learn.  He became a happy person again.  This photo is from 1934. In his album he just gave the first names of his camp friends.  Dad in center, Irving on his shoulders, Dick at left, Dave at right. 

ago by Pat Miller G2G6 Mach 2 (27.1k points)
edited ago by Pat Miller
Pat thank you for sharing the story of your father and the sad loss of his parents. I love that his story has such a good turn in his life. This photo is so perfect to go with his story.
Pat.....As I scrolled down the photo it brought back memories of when starting grade 4, at a new school, at lunch time, I carried one new friend on the bar, one on my shoulders and one behind, on the carrier, down the main road to a worked so well and we didn't get banished from school, so we repeated it several times......thanks for the photo and the memories.
Wow. You were agile, John. Glad the photo gave you a good memory.
What a fun photo, Pat! And so meaningful with the story behind it. Thanks very much for sharing this!
Thank you, Alexis for your accurate observation.  Dad had a playful streak the rest of his life which the camp nurtured.

Thanks, Lloyd.  From Dad's notes he sure had fun at the camp. I created a free space on the camp.  Let's see if I can add a link here.

+6 votes

Probably at home in Kew, before going out for a days adventure.

ago by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
These fellows sure look intent on what appears to be their upcoming adventure. Do you know if they had a successful day of fishing/hunting? Thank you for sharing the photo.
I'm sure my grandpa probably told me, but I can't remember. Wish I could ask again.
+9 votes

This is a photo of 2 of my mother's brother's Charles and Robert Williams with my older brother, Mike it was taken around 1955-1956 probably in Madison, Tennessee, USA 

ago by Janine Isleman G2G6 Mach 3 (33.7k points)
This is cute, Janine.  I wonder what was surprising the boy (Charles?), so wide-eyed with mouth agape.
Not sure, one of my aunts had this photo, I had not seen this one til recently , it may have been taken in Quebeck, Tn, my parents lived in Madison Tn when my older brother was born , they did not move to CA til about 1958 or so ,
What a great photo, Janine! I just love the different facial expressions! Thanks for sharing it.
+8 votes

This is my mother's cousin, Wesley Baker. Pittsfield, Massachusetts, about 1919. Wesley went on to a career in the Air Force.

ago by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
edited ago by Joyce Vander Bogart
Great photo.  It's such an endearing outfit with a bit-of-annoyance expression and you tell us this little fellow ended up in the Air Force?  No. Really?  Thanks for sharing.

I have several pictures of Wesley in a sailor suit. Here he is with my mom and their grandparents. I do not think children had  cute little Air Force suits back in 1921.

No, of course they didn't.  They had the cute little outfits Wesley is wearing.  My Dad had a sailor suit too with a cord and a whistle. He liked the whistle part of it a lot.
+8 votes

George Alan and John Richard LoakeI have chosen this photo of my husband's father John Richard Loake (right) and his uncle George Alan taken in Kettering, Northamptonshire in about 1918. This must have been a 'boys' photo as they had en elder sister. 

ago by Gillian Loake G2G6 Mach 3 (36.7k points)
Thank you Gillian for sharing such a beautiful photo. This has to be a very special photo for your husband’s family; it is so lovely.
+8 votes

Boys will be Boys ... My grandfather, Harold "Hal" Knott Rammel (1892-1930), on the right and a friend appear to be celebrating  the year of 1910.  Looking at their dress, it is likely not a New Year celebration ... would be cold in Illinois in January? 

The photo was likely taken at the Assumption, Christian, Illinois Rail Road Station ... my grandparents {Francis Asbury Allison (1871-1925) & Etta May Omelia-Allison (1872-1944)}, were the station agent and bookkeeper.

ago by Bill Sims G2G6 Pilot (111k points)
Thanks, Bill.  This photo brings a smile to my face.  Question: what are the outlining dots on their shoes/boots?
Bill/Pat, I remember inheriting old boots with rivets, probably to help with brought back memories of, as teenagers, we would have metal 'blakeys' installed on the toes and heels of our shoes.
Thanks, John.  Makes sense to me.  We'll see what Bill says.
I do recall having metal plate on the toes and heels of my shoes as a youngster ... not sure they were as much for protection as they were to just make a clicking noise as you walked ... and I really don't have any additional thoughts in addition to John's theories.

Hobnail boots came to I looked it up.

Thank you, John, for the link.  Mystery solved.
John & Pat...Thanks to both of you for your interest ..Bill
+8 votes

In this photo are my great-grandfather, Irvin John Koehnline (left) & his older brother, William Fox Koehnline (right; sometimes called William Frederick).They were the eldest two children of William Frederick Sr, a public contractor & official, & his wife, Rachel Fox Koehnline. The boys grew up in Bridgeport, Ohio, where they attended school before attending Kenyon College together. After graduating Kenyon, they went into the Army together for WWI. Though the details of Bill's service remain vague, he returned from the war with severe 'shellshock,' PTSD, & spent a number of years in an institution before being taken in by his sisters, who returned home to Bridgeport from their far-flung lives to take care of him. He lived with them the remainder of their lives, first at the Koehnline home in Bridgeport (giant brick house built during the Civil War along the banks of the Ohio River), & then, after the house was seized & demolished under eminent domain for a state highway, at their house in St Clairsville. My dad knew him growing up, & once said of him "though he barely spoke, I thought him a gentle, lovely man who had been through hell & not quite returned."

IJ survived, studied at the University of Paris after the war, worked for a research metallurgist, & then as a steel salesman in Wheeling, WV (across the river from Bridgeport), but preceded Bill in death by 15 years, thanks to stomach cancer.

ago by Thomas Koehnline G2G6 Mach 3 (36.6k points)
edited ago by Thomas Koehnline
Thank you Thomas for sharing such a lovely photo of two precious little boys. I was especially taken with your details about their lives. I am so glad that William’s sisters took care of him. As a child my mother was a medical technologist at the VA hospital, and when she was on call in the evenings—she would sneak me up the back stairs of the hospital. I would stay in the lab, but often there were men that would just be wandering the halls with PTSD. There were guards if there was a problem, but it was very sad. Also, I have always wondered about my father-in-law’s stomach cancer being caused by the asbestos exposure he had in WWII.
+8 votes

My Campbell Boys, my great uncle William and grandfather Richard. Taken abt 1893 

ago by Deborah Campbell G2G6 Mach 1 (19.1k points)
Thank you Deborah for sharing your lovely family photo. I like that it is in the the original frame. I have cropped several of those out—probably a big mistake on my part.
Lovely photo, Deborah.  I agree with Alexis; the ornate frame enhances the image.  I don't recall any of my framed photos from this time period that were this beautiful.  Seems they were plain black with a logo.
Hmmm, Deborah, Richard and Axel and their brothers, fine young men, similar ages, living on either side of Kansas City circa 1910.....can't get them any closer.....however, their granddaughters are 11th cousins.
+9 votes

Boys! There were certainly boys in my father's family. He (Lloyd Wright) was one of seven boys in a family of nine. Here are four of them climbing Marys Peak (Oregon), July 1927.

These are, from left, Harold, Irvine, Earl and Ed Wright. My father took the photo. Together they were the five oldest of the seven boys. All the boys ended up settling in western Oregon, so they got together frequently. When they did, you could count on much talking, story-telling and plenty of laughter, along with occasional commentary on the state of the nation and the world. They were a close-knit bunch.

Side note: Marys Peak is a 4100 foot (1250 m) peak, the highest in the Coast Range Mountains of Oregon. Today you can drive to the top, but in 1927, you had to hike up the mountain.

ago by Lloyd Wright G2G6 (9.8k points)
edited ago by Lloyd Wright
Thank you Lloyd for sharing another one of your wonderful photos. Also thank you for the great comment about exactly where this photo was taken.
Excellent photo, Lloyd.  I love its structure with the downhill slant.  Your father was so creative as a photographer.  The average person would never frame it in such a unique and interesting way to better illustrate where his brothers were.
Lloyd.....Something makes me want to tip the photo.
Thank you for your sweet comment, Alexis.
Thank you for your kind and very astute comment, Pat. My father did have a good eye. Sadly, by the time he'd gotten married and had several kids and bought his own business, there just wasn't any room in his life for photography. None of us kids knew about his knack for it until long after he'd died. I started going through the photos he'd taken as a young man and sharing them with my siblings, and we all had the same reaction: "Wow! Dad was a pretty good photographer!" It must have been in the genes, though, because my older brother became a professional photographer and taught photography at the college level.

@John - LOL. Feel free to turn your monitor or whatever viewing device you're using to the angle that suits you. wink

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This is a photo of my two beautiful boys napping on the couch of our home in March of 1981.

At this time, Bobby was about 19 months old and Derek was 1 month old. Bobby had sweetly crawled up on the couch to be near his new brother.  Today they are both grown with children of their own -- Bobby has two mostly grown sons and Derek has two young beautiful daughters -- my wonderful grandchildren.

ago by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Thank you Robin for sharing such a dear photo of showing love for a new brother. Also congratulations on having the winning photo this week.
Emotionally moving photo, Robin.  Well done.
How cute!....Robin.....I have a photo, also, of my infant daughter and I, fallen asleep, head to head on our backs, on the carpet.
Thank you, Pat, for your lovely comment. It certainly is emotional to me.
John, I have other "sleeping" photos of Derek -- one with our Golden Retriever and one with he and his daughter napping in their living room on a hot summer's day. But I also have some of him awake!
Thank you, Alexis, you always have something special to say! And thank you for pointing out the 'photo of the week'. I hadn't seen it.
What a precious photo, Robin! Thanks for sharing it. Sounds like you are blessed with wonderful boys and wonderful grandchildren!
Thank you, Lloyd! You know, "boys will be boys!" (and I love mine), but grandchildren are a special blessing.
+7 votes

I may have to answer twice this week. I had trouble deciding since one picture had at least one little girl in it and this one only has one boy.

The little fellow is my great grandfather, George Henry Hobart Treat, born in 1866. The dress is typical for formal portraits of little boys at about 1 or so. Isn't he cute!

ago by s Davenport G2G6 Mach 3 (31.9k points)
Thank you s Davenport for sharing such a great old photo of your great grandfather George. And yes, he certainly is cute. It is always interesting to see how they dressed boys in the past. He looks very interested in having his photo taken.
+9 votes

Here are two of my paternal uncles in Taipei, circa 1935.  Hsien-Ming on the right was older.  I never knew him since he died from tuberculosis when he was 25.  One of my aunts told me that he was very kind and that he used to let her win at games.  I think you can see that sweetness in his face.  Hsien-Chong (Robert) was an uncle whom I was blessed to know well.  He grew up to be a doctor in the family tradition and he lived his whole life in Taipei.

ago by Betsy Ko G2G6 Mach 1 (16.1k points)
Thank you Betsy for sharing such a wonderful photo, and yes —the sweetness in their faces certainly shows. It is sad that Hsien-Ming died of tuberculosis at such a young age. He likely would have also been a doctor.
This is a beautiful photo, Betsy.  There is something endearing about seeing the boys dressed so alike, as if they were twins.
Likely so, Alexis.  I myself had to struggle mightily to escape the "family tradition".  And I did succeed in becoming a musician and teacher!
Thank you, Pat.  I particularly love their hats!

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