1. JPK Huson 1863

    Forgotten Casualties, Tiny Prisoners In A Big War, Or, Our Sisters Remember Galiot Street

    Someone has to. Remember Galiot Street, I mean. We're still enchanted by era images of children. Easy enough to misunderstand images like this from Godey's 1862. Or ignore the other pages in our abysmal history where children's stories stopped before they were old enough to yell. This wasn't...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " About 3 Feet 6 High, Could Ride Anything on Four Legs.. ", Jimmy Dugan Vanishes Into The War

    Mysteries, marveling and bearing witness to History- trifecta with these old treasures. Bugler Jimmy Dugan, here in familiar early-war wear at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 1861 looks like he should have a skinned knee, sagging socks and soccer cleats. That bugle and uniform look like...
  3. Belle Montgomery

    Story of Civil War slave refugees resonates today

    WORCESTER - A historian whose new book sheds light on the slave refugee camps of the American Civil War says she was struck by the number of children whose lives were thrown into upheaval by the conflict, in a foreshadowing of today’s migrant crisis. An estimated 500,000 displaced...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    " Toy Theaters ", Are You Listening, Santa?

    Theaters, plays, actors and actresses were The News, on a backdrop of war. This is an awesome depiction of one elaborate ( they were all elaborate ), delightful set. From LoC, 1862, nothing like eye witness illustrations. We're mostly familiar with one, famous play. " Our American Cousin ", a...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    The Naughty List, Keeping An Eye Peeled For Santa, 1861-1865

    Well we warned them. Children's books illustrated infractions that could get you noticed by Santa's all-seeing eye. Unclear if dog is threatening a stick-to-the-backside but 11 months of the year it's all parents had. December brought the best disciplinarian our world has known. It's so funny...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Oh You Great, Big Beautiful ( Paper ) Doll, Ancestor Play

    Cutout dolls were made of famous figures, these being outfits worn by an uber famous dancer of the 1830's, ' Taglioni '. Story book figures seem popular by the 1860's as were famous men and women in American history- George and Martha were cut out, dressed and you just know played with to...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Rubbing Elbows With Each Other, Very Well, An Era Guide

    From a prewar book on' social usage ', this wonderful illustration could still hold true. No, pigs should not be permitted to run loose on the road. Rubbing elbows in an increasingly crowded world required increasing civility to each other. Controlling one's pigs seems a simple enough...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Babies Between The Lines; The Buttinski Battles Over ' Hand Feeding '

    From LoC, this idyllic scene is awfully interesting. For one thing, a brand, New mother is portrayed as a semi-invalid resting by bed, and should be, not tossed back into every day life within 24 hours. Medicine may have progressed in the past 150 years; not noticeably in this area. Other...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Godey's Lady's Book, From Fluff To Hope; Our Children

    We, women of America may do more to promote the real greatness...... of our country " Sarah Jane Hale, Godey's Lady's Book, 1862 She was speaking, in this article, of The Children, dressed here as fashion statements but presented by Godey's as symbols of our greatest hope in the future. We...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    " Georgeanna, Your Sister Is Dead ", Ginnie Wade , July 3, 1863

    Tipton's era ( ish ) photo of Georgeanna McClellan's half of the duplex shows the old basement doors entered from the street. Her sister's body was carried there, a battle making burial hazardous. Mary Filey Wade, Harry Wade, Ike Brinkerhof, Lewis Kenneth McClellan and mother Georgia huddled...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    War's Vanished Children, Lost In Time

    One of the typically endearing illustrations during the war, a pampered, treasured child surrounded by wealth, symbolically protected by a large dog. It's a sweet image made bittersweet by a Dickensian under current we do not speak of 150 years later. A simply hair raising story, related in a...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Still In Hiding, " Hidden Mothers ", Or, If Bag, Curtains And Quilts Could Talk

    Zouave jackets were hugely popular for children during the war. I cannot tell if her cap is intended to mimic a military hat, maybe? Did this image make it to some father's camp, keeping him warm through a brutal war? It's one example of an unintentional genre, " Hidden Mother " photographs...
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  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Children In Camp, Nursery Walls Of Canvas

    Camp Stoneman, a small group watching the band resolved itself into a woman and baby- and husband and son Promise not to become too wordy but need a few! Have camped with small children, like an idiot. Only the very young achieve it with babies, no electricity, flashlights a plus, standing to...

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