Mom's Day Again by artwhiz47

It comes around every year, at different times depending on where in the world you are. In these United States, it rears up on the second Sunday in May. So here’s another picture of Little Mom, Gladys Elson (later married my father & became Gladys McConnell), holding the wee Indian (as in Native American) doll that HER mother Mabel bought her at Tugby’s Bazaar in Niagara Falls, NY, when the two of them traipsed to NF for Gladdy’s 10th birthday excursion in June 1922. A chopped-off view of that outing can be seen here. I have that doll… it has lost its tall feather, but the headband is still in place. A treasure, made in Germany….

Happy Mother’s Day to the masses of mums!

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  • nigelphoto
    nigelphotoalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely old family photo – date??

  • Thanks, Nigel… the date appears in the description above. The little doll was acquired in Niagara Falls in June 1922, on Gladys’s 10th birthday, & it’s safe to assume that this fuzzy foto was taken shortly thereafter. My mother’s sister Sue was standing next to Mom in the original, but I unceremoniously cut off all but part of her arm. Taken at the family summer place, Cedar Bank, in Lewiston, NY.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

    A lovely reminder to all of ’ Mother’s Day ’Sheila. Memories are made of this !

  • They are indeed… I inherited SO MUCH from her in more ways than one. That little doll & the hilarious way she told the story (& many others) are just the tip of an enormous & precious iceberg!! Thanks, Roy.

    – artwhiz47

  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...almost 2 years ago

    Lovely story Sheila – love the fact that the Native American Indian doll was made in Germany – and a great image of’Little Mom’ x

  • Thanks muchly, Mattie. When Nana bought that doll for little Gladdy at Tugby’s, said doll probably cost about 25 cents… maybe a dollar, but not a lot, even by 1922 values. Today, not only would you never find a German-made doll at a souvenir shop at Niagara Falls, if you DID, it would cost a small fortune. The little tunic & trousers are made of wheat-colored felt, the hands & boots are of painted composition. I’ve just gotten it out of its case & plan to take a few pictures of it to show details. Will probably post it on here one of these days! There are several examples of old pics of Little Gladys in my portfolio. She was a cutie!

    – artwhiz47

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 2 years ago

    How very sweet this is!

  • I appreciate that, Gena. Thank you kindly for the favorite, too. I took a few shots of the doll herself as she looks today, but they need a little work.

    – artwhiz47

  • nastruck
    nastruckalmost 2 years ago

    Way cool! Love that history stuff!!!!

  • Thank you kindly, Harold. Either my grandfather or my granduncle Bert took this pic; they were always clicking away with their old Kodaks! I really need to post a close-up, modern-day photo of that doll….

    – artwhiz47

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 2 years ago

    This is a real treasure and keeper. Love it. Shirley

  • Thanks, Shirley. I treasure that wee dolly!

    – artwhiz47

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