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Baby in Bucket: 1890s

Baby in Bucket: 1890s

Circa 1890s. "Edgar Richard Williams, in a play pen tub with toy rabbit alongside, at Viewbank, Maitland Street, Dunedin, NZ." Glass negative by William Williams, one of thousands of photos taken by the Williamses and donated by son Edgar (1891-1983) to the National Library of New Zealand. View full size.

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Not a climber

Cute picture! Most kids wouldn't stay in that, though. My third would have been out of it in less than two seconds!

It's nice to know this baby had a nice, long, life!

As they say

I think this is the proverbial baby that got thrown out with the bath water.


Looks like it came off of the "Tilt-a-Whirl".

Old baby

If you stare only at the face (forget about the bucket and the bunny and the frilly white clothing), you can easily imagine this baby’s face as belonging to any number of middle-aged Shorpy people. I thought immediately of the fellow with the radio tube, posted on August 30:

"One of thousands"

The quality of this photo is great. I took photography in college right before dark rooms went extinct. I can't help but wonder how many of the thousands of photos this guy took in the 1800s and early 1900s turned out this nice.

Brave baby

I know that I would have been a lot more upset if my rabbit had fallen overboard.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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