photograph showcase

Photograph Showcase: Snow & Sled

YOUNG children on sled, l-r George, Andrew, Alexander, & Mary
l-r: George, Andrew, Alexander “Sandy”, & Mary Young in front of their home in Butte, Montana, about 1915.


I love this beautiful photograph of my great-grandmother, Mary Brown Young, with three of her brothers.

There are a few details in this photo that I especially enjoy.

First, their clothing.  I love every little detail of their clothing.  Especially their caps, Mary’s sweater, and Sandy’s coat.  Also, can you see the pin on Sandy’s lapel?  I can’t figure out what it is exactly.  When I zoom in on the largest sized scan, all I see is the prohibition sign of a circle with a line through it.  I wonder what else might be on that button?!

Second, the animals – the dog who seems like a regular companion, and the cat on the post in the background.  That cat is in perfect focus and is looking right at the camera.  Love it!

Third – the white picket fence that is familiar to me because of another photo taken in front of their home in Butte.

Fourth – I should clarify that enjoy is not the right word for this one, maybe interest is more accurate – you can see George’s upper lip.  As an adult, he wore a mustache to cover his upper lip.  If I remember correctly the family used the term “hair lip” when referring to George’s lip.  I don’t know if George had a cleft lip or a cleft lip and cleft palate.  I also don’t know if anything was done to correct the problem.  George’s face is quite fuzzy in the image, but when I zoom in on the largest file size, I can see his lip slightly better and it appears to be split – and not cleanly.

This beautiful photo, rich with detail, was originally shared with me by my cousin Gregg as a scan in an email.  A few years after that, he found that he had two originals and mailed one to me.  The scan you see is from the original that Gregg mailed to me.

He shared this information about the scan he emailed:

Young children in Butte

Butte, Montana

I think you might find this picture interesting. Here are the last four children of James Young (II) and Catherine Brown. The photo was taken in front of their home. Mary and Sandy standing with George on the back of the sled with my Dad, Andy, up front. Circa 1915.

The back of this photo is inscribed to “Grandma”.  As both Grandmas lived in Scotland, I wonder how the copy made its way back to America and finally to me?

YOUNG children on sled, l-r George, Andrew, Alexander, & Mary - photo back




Happy Thursday, I hope you will scan and share a precious photo today!  xoxo