We have found some portraits of an Ameican boy, Harold Howes, in the 1900s. Harold was from Atlanta, Illinois. Some of the portraits were taken at the Elite studio. We have found several studio portraits. The portraits show Harold at different ages and in different outfits. Harold wore dresses, tunic suits and sailor suits. He also had different hair cuts. As a younger boy Harld had curls. Breeching and cutting hair varied from family to family. The portraits show several different views of his hair cuts. He seems to have been breeched at about age 4 and had his hair cut at about age 6 years.
The first portrait show Harold at about 3 years of age wearing a dress with sailor styling. It is a patterned dress with button decorations and a pleated skirt. It has a belt for a waist element. This was also used in tunic suits which Harold also wore. We are not sure when he was breeched, presumably in 1904. He has ringlet curls which were not cut even after he was breeched. He wears black long stockings and high-top shoes.
Harold in 1905 wears his curls and tunic suit with a sailor cap. It looks to be blue. There was probably a streamer, but we can't see it. His hair is done in rather thick ringlets which are a littkle dfficult to see. The ringlets are not very long and doi not fall to his shoulders.
One shows him in a tunic suit with an Eton collar, floppy bow, and black long stockings (figure 1). The floppy bow was of modest size and may have been red to add a little color to his outfit. The tunic suit was mae in a heavy material. It was probablyworn dring the winter. It may have been Harold's dress-up garment. Tunic suits were skirted garments, byr as they were wrn with pants he would hve been breeched. The portrait was taken in 1905. He had shoulder-length curls with a center part. He looks to be about 5 years old.
Here we see a boy's ringlet curls from the side. It is a helpful portrait, because usually we get a frontal view. We are a little uncertain about this portrait. Unlike the other portraits here, the boy is not identified. We think, however, it may be Harold. The portrait is not dated, but from the frame we can tell it was taken about 1905. And the boys wears the same a jacket or tunic in the same material wth an Eton collar and floppy bow. He looks about 5 years old. The images are being handled by the same dealer. The similarities very strongly suggest the same boy. This is, however, a profile shot so it is difficult to make a facial coparison.
We see Harold wearing a sailor suit in 1907. The suit is done in a checked materoal. Even so there was striped detailing. The dickey has an embroidered symol, but we can't make it out. I'm not sure what the color was. There is a scarfe. The sailor suit has bloomer knickers. He also wears black long stockings and high-top shoes. His hair has been cut short with a part set slightly off from center.
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