Memories of the Way We Were

I am head over heels for photography in general, but I find vintage images to be particularly fascinating. Photographs from the past are so evocative. They offer us a glimpse into the days of yesteryear, and for now, they're the only method of time travel that we have at our disposal. 

If you're an aficionado of old-school black and white photos, I highly recommend you visit Shorpy. This site is, in its own words, "a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images…from the Library of Congress research archive." Shorpy posts new photos all the time, and I really get a kick out of the quirkiness of some of the pictures.

I decided it would be interesting to search for an image pertaining to Argentina, and I came across this photo in the Shorpy archives:

Naon Children, 1912["Naon children, 1912." Romulo Naon Jr., son of the Argentinean ambassador, and siblings. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.]

The following caption ran with a different Harris & Ewing photo of the children carried in the Washington Post.

Children of the Minister From Argentina and Mme. Naon.

These beautiful children gladden the home of the Argentine Minister and Mme. Naon. They were all born in Buenos Aires, but they love Washington, and are not anxious to return to their own country because they like America so much better as a place in which to live. They are Isabel, age 12; Felisa, age 10, Romulo, age 9; Juan Jose, age 5; and Carlota, the baby, who is only 2. Isabel and Felisa attend the Convent of the Visitation and Romulo and Juan Jose go to St. John's College. They all speak French and English as well as their native language, Spanish. Carlota has not yet learned French, but she can chatter in Spanish, and knows a little English. She is a dear baby with large dark eyes and a lot of silky curls of a beautiful chestnut brown. She is devoted to her doll baby and loves to sing it so sleep. When vacation days come the children are going with their parents to Buena Vista, where they will spend the summer.

Washington Post, May 19, 1912

If you're still hungry for more vintage goodness, check out this set of old photos from Necochea's past put together by my Flickr contact tupilak. My favorites are the scenes from the beach!

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