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Naptime in Nebraska: 1910

Naptime in Nebraska: 1910

Trying to get the Li'l Cornhusker to sleep. Pawnee City, Nebraska, circa 1910 or earlier. Scanned from a 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

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This NEVER works

Dad will pass out for a bit with the little one horsing around next to him, then wake up frustrated. Then they'll go back to playing. Don't ask how I know this.

Focus, Man

The back wall is in perfect focus; the subject, not so much.

How they hypnotize

Jeepers, creepers ... soulful peepers run in that family.

This feels familiar.

We tried the floor... we tried the dog... we tried laying down with him...

Ahead of the curve

Dad was artistically and aesthetically beyond his time. I can only assume all these creatively unusual rooms in Pawnee City are his doing.


In an age when photographs tended to be both posed and formal this series is a heartwarming exception. Daddy looks like he is enjoying an earthly foretaste of heaven.

Sweet Dreams

Who will conk out first?? My money is on Dad. Appears he is on the way to Never-Never Land for a couple hours.

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