Alta Dillon slumber party 1898

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A photo of Alta Dillion's slumber party taken 28 Apr 1898 Prineville,Crook,OR.
back l-r: Hazel Pollard, Nettie Summers, Edra Williamson & Beulah Crooks
middle l-r: Louise Summers, Wilda Soloman, Ione Elliott, Elizabeth Powell, Gertie Hodges & Alta Dillon
front l-r: Verna Cline, Agnes Elliott, Maude Van Gesner & Winnie Lewis
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Ancient Faces
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Ever wonder what a slumber party looked like in the 1800s? Every child at Alta Dillion’s slumber party in 1898 Oregon wore nearly identical nightgowns and had their favorite doll.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Judy Mitchell
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What an awesome picture!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Gwen Peterson
Beautiful to see......
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Nina Morway
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Oh, Lordy! Hope is was a cool night!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Sandra Goulette
They are soooo cute ...and their little dolls !!!! 💜😊
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Debbie Morris
They all look miserable as hell
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Yvonne Kørner
I guess it's because back in those days it took quite long to take a picture and you had to sit really still and where not allowed to move. Therefore people did hardly ever smile in very old fotographs. It was too uncomfortable to keep that smile the whole time. It would have looked like a frown.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Simone Lacerda
They look so bored
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Peggy Guy
Wonder who had to fix the breakfast? I never thought about when sleep overs started. So interesting!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Laney Asquith
I guess having your picture taken was a somber experience
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Patricia Lynn
An Amish PJ Party!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Debbie Morris
Must have been well before they came out with the phrase, say cheese 😁
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Carol Newton
How can they sleep in those ?
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Gwyn Lloyd
That's the kind of look I get when a child sees my wheelchair.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Dorothy Smith
...and by "slumber party", do you mean "cult"? They don't look very happy.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Sherylee Golds
back then it took a very long time to take a photograph, so it was easier for people not to smile
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Dorothy Smith
Sherylee Golds ... Ya they were probably pretty fed up with sitting there waiting to have the picture taken... hence the cranky looks on their faces 😊
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Susie Stoddard
People had to hold a pose for two to three minutes for a photograph to be taken.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Val Thomas
What unhappy looking girls!!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Emily Sutton
Awww! They're so cute! I love their outfits and dolls. :)
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jane Morgan Miller
Maybe this is at an orphans home,they don't look to happy.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Suzanne DeBernardo
I thought of this possibility.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Gloria Lange
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No.
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Susan Schloss
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Don't think so. Orphans would not have been so well dressed, and would not have expensive dolls.
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Pam Kroetsch
amazing photo, thanks for sharing!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Gwen Peterson
SO Enjoyed all of the pictures ....
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Marilyn Waldie
Cute!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Judie Lee Jones
How cool
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Holly Stclair
Creepy
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Gaynor Bishop Gauthier
Slumber party = Giggley girls being silly... right?
What's wrong with this picture? :/
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Yvonne Kørner
I explained it somewhere else here - back then being photographed took quite some time. Too long to keep smiling. So people in old pictures always look serious.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Gaynor Bishop Gauthier
Oh yes... I realize that. But just imagine the effort to keep them all quiet and straight faced for all that time! ;)
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Caitlin Cooper
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Love it!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Myrna Tucker
And no one smiled in a photo back then. I still wonder why.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Melissa Daniela
Look creepy!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Lynda Germon
I still think they want to be home ... Mummy I want my bed !!!!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Cris Brink Watson
Priceless!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Donna Ellison
LOL! Sorry, those identical caps made my laugh! What fun!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jim Retzer
Now just stop and consider the fact that rather than taking a candid snapshot, each of these kids had to tramp on down to the local photography studio, get dolled up in their night clothes and sit for a formal studio portrait to document this sleepover.

Unless, of course, the sleepover was taking place at the photography studio to begin with.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Susan Schloss
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Jim-I get your point. However, you must remember that no one had cameras at home or anywhere else at that time. So in order to have a memory, you had to go to the photography studio! Hense the reason for photos of the dead--usually, the people had no record of their families, so when people died (especially children), the parents wanted to have a keepsake!
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Jim Retzer
Yes, I got that; which was the point I was making; that far from being a spontaneous snapshot such as we would have today, all these kids had to buggy-ride across town to the photographers and sit for a studio portrait. About as artificial and non-spontaneous as you can get with a troup of children.
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Christel Rypien
Kind of creepy, no one smiling. Girls usually have fun at slumber parties.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Marsha Dennis
The adults were still awake. The fun hadn't started yet!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Helen Norvell
Interesting, love these pictures
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Julie Hand Hisle
I went to the link and took a look at those names. No wonder they're miserable.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Holly Duffey
There's always gotta be at least one kid starting some shit at a slumber party, and that kid second row, second in from the right had to be it. She doesn't just have her somber photo face in, that is full on glare lol.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Linda M. Gigliotti
Gotta love it. Bless her I hope she did raise hell.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Elizabeth Rose
Kick her out!
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Heather Edseth
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lmao I giggled at this haha
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Susan Means
She was getting ready to snatch the doll away from the little girl next to her.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Joanne Jacobellis
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I zoomed in, and you're right! What a scowl! I hope they were just annoyed with the photo and went on to have fun!
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Jeanne Feeney
that is "get me out of here".
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Mary Pavlik
Holly you made me LOL
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Gloria Lange
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It was rare to find smiling faces. Photography was a serious business to record a memory retakes were expensive so posed," stiff" photos were the fashion. The little girl who was the hostess must have been from a wealthy family ... Nice photo!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Breda J Bergin
,hope they went on to lead happy , productive lives, in later life, and had fond memories of the sleepover they had as little children.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Brian Bamber
Spooky
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Mariann Cadmus
It's a lovely photo though.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Erin Krause
They didn't smile in pictures back then
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
M Elizabeth Olds-Barrett
WOW!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Hortense Tess Berlo
They look very sad . :(
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Roberta R Smith
Sweet picture of friends !
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jennifer Heyser
They don't look too happy to me.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Wendy Donoghue
They dont look very happy if its sleep over :-\ but children back then were surposed to be seen and not heard :-)
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Linda Hopper
Creepy
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Mary Whalen
And....cue the twilight zone music
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Pratt-Lull Sue
And none of them look happy.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jeanne Walker Salido
Stock photographic background. Did they wear their nightgowns to the studio?
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Maria Mesing
back then none smiled I have some in the early 40s it was the photo grapher that called the shot they were nice kid not a cult your watching to much Tv and Jim Jones and MITT Romeny UTAH cults shit
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Lauren Jaeger Mikalov
How did they get so many girls to the studio in the horse and buggy? I've seen the slumber party photos of the early 1900s but these are mostly teenage girls having a good time. This one is so different.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Diane Shute
Love the bedcaps! My grandmother (born 1906) remembered the crochet pattern for bedcaps and bedslippers into her 80s.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Elyse Goodman Corlett
Thuy Christina Seafort
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Maria Mesing
those sleeping gowns aand caps and doll are worth mnoey b now I know I have been for 35 years an Antique dealer
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Susan Nelson Page
I wonder if they told ghost stories like we did. 👻
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Charlet Chiou
Looks like a real blast!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jean White
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Wealthy families had camers at that time check history even some had non talking b/w film
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Lee An Forester Train
A couple of the kids look like they want to cry.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Emma Anderson
bet they didn't behave as angelically as they look!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Lynda Neel
A bit eerie...
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Richard Nielson
Cool
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Carla Murray Kenworthy
Fascinating. Creepy bc not one child snuck in a smile. I know it was not the fashion - and it took a long time to take the shot - but still...unnatural.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Linda M. Gigliotti
They raised untold hell right after that. My Nonna (grandma, born in 1887) explained to me in the 1960s that no she is not going to smile in the picture because picture is serious. Sigh. She did forget herself a few times though hehehe. Priceless.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Meg Jeffrey
Actually for people like myself with resting bitch face this is very natural
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Brenda Thompson Davis
Yuck
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Adrianne Balcom
Well, I'm sure they were a bit embarassed to be in their nightclothes with a male photog!
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Mira Atma
That is exactly what I was going to say !!!
Apr 21, 2016 ·
Tammy Riffe
I think they look a little creepy.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jan Mortimer
The Duggars
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
David Washburn
Maybe it's an orphanage or something and not a sleepover.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Agi Pringle-Fowler
Girls waiting to have some Fun😆
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Terri Allen
Very cool.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Julie Vallance
beautiful they all look miserable, and yes i know they were not to move
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Peggy Tommarello Wanket
Not one smile.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Patty Randall Dissinger
Adorable! Thanks for sharing!! 😁
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Beth Maris
How fun!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Diane Wyant
How cute is that?!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Laura Axinte
nobody smille
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Renae Wilcox
Wealthy bunch
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Kathleen Busma Austin
Guess that was a big time in the 1800's. Although I never had that many girls at my daughters slumber parties ... Ever! Haha.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Carol Pett
Did kids never smile back then?
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Marylyn D'Amore Kruger
and I would love to have any one of those dolls for my collection.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Cathy Torbert Dent
Glad they didn't invite me. Doesn't look like much fun.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jennifer Anderson
OMG loved the way they had those two in the middle row giving a half turn...
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Dahlia Miranda
Amanda Hornberger
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Бановић Дајана
Tatjana Banović
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Cindy Morse Peer
Fun...
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Cindy Branam
perhaps its from a girls boarding school or an orpahnage ??
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Meg Jeffrey
I thought boarding school thus why their families could afford the dolls
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Linda Lacombe
They don't look very happy though!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Ceci Osorio
At that time it is forbidden to laugh in a photo? How awful!!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Sonya Nicole Vaughan
They do not look like they are about to slumber.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Ma Mercedes Mallari
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Cynthia Douglass
Don't they all look happy!! Not.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Judith Fadeley-Faltisco
matching nightgowns but they are all hearing hats to bed??
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Meg Jeffrey
Central heating wasn't invented yet it got pretty cold the bonnets keep your ears warm. I wear a beanie to bed sometimes for that reason.
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Gloria Lange
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Heat escapes through the head! With a cap on you can even sleep with icicles dripping inside an attic from a roof leak and stay relatively warm...with a partner similarly clad of course...
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Cecile Quemuel Lim
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Viola Frazier
They sure look happy! ;-)
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Monica N Jona
Creepy!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Sandra C Fulwilder
The girls look more unnatural and creepy than the dolls. I hope that after the photo shoot they raised hell. :)
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Rebecca Spicknall-Nance
For each girl to possess dolls such as these suggests these were children of wealth. Would love to know the history behind this photo.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Trisha Strickland
The fact that they lived in a house to accommodate a huge sleepover also says that. Title should read "Ever wonder what an 1800's slumber party looked like for rich kids?"
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Lynne C. Newman
Exactly. Just the size of the party suggests great wealth as do the nightgowns and nightcaps and of course the fact of the photo itself as the photographer came to the house.
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Kathleen Harvey
I was wondering who dressed them, got their hair unbraided and brushed. I thought might be a boarding school photo.
Apr 22, 2016 ·
Carole Stiff
Why the bonnets?
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Meg Jeffrey
Keeps your head warm
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Robin Morgan Crone
Interesting
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Peggy Peterson Bailey
So awesome.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Cecile Quemuel Lim
I thank my mom gift me doll pink..
I was child my favorite doll pink before..Salute! Thank..
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Laurie Cupo Harris
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Laurie Cupo Harris
They all look depressed
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Laura Mcclatcheywalton
Laura Fenno
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Luana Dallman
yikes
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Susie Bays-Miller
Oh my gosh!!
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Pattie Strong
Wow
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Loretta Jones
Very neat
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Rose Gasak
I think this is a beautiful picture of the times. These girls were acting the way they were brought up to be.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Darla Parsons
To funny. I know that it wasn't 'in' to smile in photos at the time, but they look like they are having a horrible time 😜
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jo Mumzies
Cute
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Joy Walters
They all look absolutely thrilled. 😉
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Gloria Sattler
love seeing these old photos but how the times have changed in attire etc
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Wanda Hammond
Not a cute one in the bunch. Lol
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Diane Wasson Helman
They are all beautiful!
Apr 19, 2016 ·
Christine Prairie Lynch
1910 Chicago. Slumber Party.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Jessica Brown
😊💐💐💐 Little girl in the front with her hands folded, her fingers and twined, really looks like she wants to smile, you can see it in the eyes.
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Kathryn Rocha
I think a boy sneaked in. back row 1st on left
Apr 19, 2016 · Reply
Stefani-Alastair Watt
Very sweet photo! thanks for sharing this. :D So I found online about Alta's dad : [external link] ... and about Alta : [external link]
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Jann Gallen
I followed your link on FamilySearch re Alta's father - quite a story behind the scenes - but because your link to Alta Dillon was thru Ancestry.com.ca I couldn't see it [I'm in Australia and am not prepared to "free trial" any new subs with Ancestry - it always ends up costing far too much!
Apr 25, 2016 ·
Karen Priestley
I spose back in those days it would have been rare to get your photo taken unless you could afford it? Besides the fact it took a long time to take a photo your probably weren't told to smile. I've also heard people's teeth weren't very good so they didn't even know how to smile? Regardless of the why, what or maybe's, this is a beautiful photo of the girls and their beloved dollies 😃
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Sonja Cannon Johnson
It looks like a picture for a girls orphanage. I find it hard to believe there was time for slumber parties in the 1880s.
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Gloria Lange
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Orphanages didnt have that nice clothing or dolls like that. Not even sponsors would have paid for that or a photo. Look for pictures of old orphanages so you can see... My first thought was a girls school... But i have no real reason to doubt the submitters word since i dont know the familys financial situation.
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Gloria Lange
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Btw my ancestry is oregon... My ggrandfather had 10 girls and two boys... Two families or three could have made up that photo easily and yes they had sleepovers usually when babies were being born or after harvest and holidays.
Apr 20, 2016 ·
Lauretta Wilson Tew
Interesting photo! I wonder if all the girls were given the gowns and the dolls by the hostess..
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Garry-Marsha McCain
Were they not allowed to smile? How do you not smile at a slumber party?!
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Cee Cee Banks
Spooky
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
CR Weick
Looks like a painted background like you would find in a photo studio, not in a house.
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Anne Adam Michelle Levine
Interesting...
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Kimberley Renee
Doesn't look like a very fun party!
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Wendy Jean Logan
Haven't scanned the photo yet as I was caught up in the caption. The young women had multiple personalities?
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Laura Galvan
Not looking so happy, are they:)?
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Carolina Olga Beatriz Maldonado Torres
maravillosa fotografía
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Jeanne Feeney
The shade-face girl is apparently Gertie Hodges, facing away from the little party hostess, Alta....
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Bernadette Van Beirs
waar haal je die communiekantjes van de 19de eeuw Pat?
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Patti Bradley-Soliz
Very cool!
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Elena Murray
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Wonderful photo! Actually I recently read that in the 1800's people were considered to be insane or look insane if they smiled in photos. Hence serious photos. It also had to be the length of time to pose and it would be hard to smile that long.
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Wow I never heard that - good to know Elena!
Apr 21, 2016 · Reply
Amy Mccarthy
Creepy
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Donna Cartwright
.....and the only happy one there was the second from the left, first row.
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Drea Lassen Hays
Samantha
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Rosie Tonks
I find this photo intreaging
Apr 20, 2016 · Reply
Cindy Bunnell
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Doesn't look fun because they weren't actually at a party. Look at the background - it's a painted set and not an actual home. This was set up at a photographer's studio - most likely to commemorate the event....
Apr 21, 2016 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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This is a great photo!
Apr 22, 2016 · Reply
Raven Selena Dill
Wow!!
Apr 24, 2016 · Reply
Billy Sbac
They all look amazingly unhappy.
Apr 24, 2016 · Reply
Vivian Mirabal
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Do you ever notice that children in that era all don't seem very happy. Life then must have been hard and strict.. Just doesn't seem happy childhood, none smile or have that certain light in there eyes.. So sad and creepy
Apr 24, 2016 · Reply
Dawn Birch
Looks like a bunch of angels sitting there.
Apr 30, 2016 · Reply
Joseph Donovan
Dolls look happier than the kids.
May 12, 2016 · Reply
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