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The Nursery: 1915

The Nursery: 1915

"Nursery" is all it says on this 4x5 inch glass negative, which comes to us from a seller in Minnesota. Maybe someone with the right connections could run a check on these fingerprints. Probably from around 1910-1920. View full size.

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Despite the Negative Comments

I wouldn't mind having one of those wrought-iron cribs to refinish. The brass work on them was quite nice, too.
On the other hand, I wouldn't be saying, "Bloody Mary" three times in that mirror!

And There Is the Closet

Whence the monsters emerge at night.

Early indoctrination

Fishing is the state pastime in Minnesota (along with hunting). Kids had to be indoctrinated from the cradle . . .

Looks like a nursery from a second-rate orphanage.

Linen on the beds is clean, but the beds themselves are shabby. Too many clothes apparently hung up on pegs in the closet.

[I wouldn't go anywhere near those beds without a tetanus shot. -Dave]

The devil you say!

This is where Rosemary had her baby.

Nursery of the Nasty

It is hard to believe that our ancestors made it through things like this to allow us to be born! Scary!


The nanny did it. No, wait -- the nurse. Okay, then -- the photographer.

It Looks Fishy To Me.

Is that a picture of dead fish on the wall next to the mirror?

[As noted below by the cultured Kait, that is a STILL LIFE. - Dave]

Nasty cribs

Widely spaced bars, probably painted with lead. Tools on the dresser, pictures of fish on the wall.

Looks like a nursery from a horror movie.


I am sure the children ran away. The place is a deathtrap and the still life on the wall is enough to make me run.

Nursery Accoutrements

Paint (lead, no doubt) chipping off cribs, screwdrivers and awls on changing table, picture of dead fish on the wall. What a lovely nursery!

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