A captivating collection of early 20th-century photographs of Czech children, possibly dressed for school or church, offers a glimpse into a bygone era. As one browses through these timeless images, a curiosity arises about the life paths these children embarked on. The presence of props and toys in some of the photographs adds an intriguing layer to the narrative, prompting reflections on the innocence, hopes, and dreams of these young souls as they stood on the threshold of their futures in a rapidly changing world.
I especially like the sibling photos which fascinate me even more…
Here are some old school photos we found at the same site.
Note the ratio of girls to boys in the first photo. Those must have been some very lucky or intelligent girls!
Looking at these faces, I see a lot of rascals and mischief.
It’s also one of the rare photos where some are even smiling!
How many of these went on to do great things?
How many more lived ordinary lives?
I love how the little boys are wearing overcoats and vests, complete with ties.
The girls’ dresses all look homemade and judging by the fabric, there were limited quantities at the shop.
I love these girls with the big bows on their heads.
Now I know where my grandmother got the idea from and why I have such a bow on my head in so many pictures she took of me.
These lucky girls all have very nice dolls.
Of course, I have to include my own father’s school photo.
Can you guess which one he is?
He is the second row from the bottom, fourth from the left nin the grey sweater.
What a cutie!
How time flies!
Isn’t it amazing how so much has changed since these portraits were taken? How would these children react to the world around them if they could step off some sort of time machine and suddenly appear here and now? Remember, these children played with natural materials they found, using their imaginations to create dolls, swords, and villages. Most of them also bore great responsibilities and had loads of chores or work to do.
Looking at their faces, they look both older and more mature and innocent at the same time.
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