Gertrude Gertie D. Fritz and Family

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A photo of Gertrude Gertie D. Fritz and her Family at their dinner table in their home in Cedarville, CA.
Date & Place: in Cedarville, Modoc County, California United States 96104
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Sep 8, 1886 - Mar 11, 1979 1886 - 1979
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Apr 16, 1864 - Jun 2, 1945 1864 - 1945
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Nov 24, 1890 - Mar 12, 1949 1890 - 1949
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Ancient Faces
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This snapshot of daily life shows what it looked like during a typical family dinner in 1899 in Cedarville California.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jackie Davis
Looks like the girl is slumped over using her cell phone. :P
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
David Lee Cox
They look more wealthy than the typical family at that time to me, but what do I know....
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Ray Subhajit Kumar
Yes they definitely are but then if I didnt had to buy tv,ac,cell phones, cars etc. etc. I think I could have dined this way myself.
Mar 30, 2016 ·
James Copas
Yeah I definitely wouldn't call this typical of 1899 America.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Lee An Forester Train
What's over the tea set?? Looks a bit ghostly!!
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jan Doss
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Lee Ann Forester see below in the reply
Apr 01, 2019 ·
Karan Cartwright
So neat
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Bill Hudson
Could you imagine the stories that they could tell you back then how cool would that be.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Ellen Spencer
The children were drinking table wine. A very common thing, at least in Europe during that time. Great picture, I love it!
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Ree Young
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Usually, it was watered-down wine for the kids. Water purity was still an issue in many areas in Victorian times. Many families, from the elderly on down to infants drank beer...but their beer was not like ours. It was only about 1 or 2% alcohol and often home-brewed, so it still had a lot of nutrients in it...and was a whole lot cleaner than the drinking water!
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Jan Doss
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Yes, they were French.
Apr 01, 2016 ·
Carmen Roman Galindo
Notice how well dressed
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
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Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Juliann Daly
I didn't live that far back but I remember growing up with the same family dinner gathering. So sad families don't do that anymore.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Juliann Daly
Not a command nor a pis**** contest.
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Holt Pridgen
Ugh, shut up
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Juliann Daly
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Anita Ellenberger
What type other then the dining picture do you collect? Also what do you feel is a good price for old photos?
Karen Ann Iddings
Mar 31, 2016 ·
Venita R Mariani
Love it No darn cell phones just a family enjoying dinner take me back to 1899 💕
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Joy Marie Parkinson
Fascinating
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jackie Cappalli
The girl on the right looks so big with the doll. I was born in 1962 and played with dolls till I was 10. My daughter until 4. Times change!
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Ray Subhajit Kumar
I think that the lady you mentioned is the Mom who has taken the doll away from the girl on her left so that she eats the dinner properly.
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Mary Bareo
That's better days than today!
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Beryl Gautrey
looks very posh
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Sally Six
I love the old pictures
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jean Lay
Lovely setting.....if you want to have meals together , it might have to start with you.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Noel Darling Colp
That old picture
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Courtney White
Typical family dinner with the exception of he super creepy doll, and the ghost over the tea set.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Ree Young
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I believe that's a mirror above the shelf with the tea set. It's reflecting the lace curtain, and there's a swag along the top of the mirror. Decorations like swags, tablecloths, doilies, and so on were the style back then...all a bit cluttery, ornate, and overdone for modern tastes.

The mirror is not flat against the wall because, if it were, no one would be able to see their reflection to see if their hair was neat,t heir collar straight, and so on. Mirrors and pictures were sometimes hung like that rather than the way we do now...against a wall and much lower.
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Courtney White
I see the mirror now with the lace reflection!
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Jan Doss
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Ree Young I believe that the “swag” over the mirror was actually a cover that was pulled down when someone passed away. Victorian superstition about the dead.
Apr 01, 2018 ·
Emily Sherman Twiss
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This is so interesting!
Apr 01, 2019 ·
Amy Babinski
don,t see much of that any more
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Joanne Reaves
Great photo, I'm with Courtney White about the thing in the left corner over the tea set...
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jan Doss
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Joanne Reaves It’s a mirror hung at a downward angle to be able to see into it. Draped with fabric.
Apr 01, 2019 ·
Joanne Reaves
Jan Doss thank you! Lovely photo!
Apr 01, 2019 ·
Ree Young
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The girl with her back to the camera...as soon as I saw she was leaning on the table, a little rhyme came to mind. You fill in the name of whomever you're talking to...let's say the girl's name was Molly...and it was to admonish children and teens to sit up straight and have good posture, plus it was considered impolite to rest one's arms or even one's hands on the table while eating. One hand should be in one's lap while the other hand deals with the fork or spoon. Even family meals in the old days and in some social classes had some rather rigid rules.

Molly, Molly, strong and able,
Get your elbows off the table.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Linda Kan
My mom sang that to us all the time, lol
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Jason Richardson
We still eat that way, and napkins in your lap ...
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Patricia Dyson
I grew up the same way sit up straight arms off of the table
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Patricia Dyson
No cell Phones back then 1899'
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Julie Vallance
just wonderful
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jennifer Anderson
and that's when everyone wash told to "wash up" before dinner, and always did, came to the table with clean hands a nd faces, not sitting around McDonalds tables eating without cleaning your hands for instance... see that a lot these days... hmmmmm
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Emma McCourt
Sings * Meet me in St Louis, Louis!*
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Lavera Potter
A bit of clutter about just like today.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Nadine Heald
. . .AND....No Baseball caps on.....backwards OR forward !!!!
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Shari McMahon
After everyone shared details of their day and we finished eating, we would often play games like Password. It is the way dinner was supposed to be :)
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Reah Ward
I find the past perfect and the present tense.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jason Richardson
Me to
Mar 30, 2016 ·
Patricia Dyson
I can remember hat we always had family dinners every night.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Patricia Dyson
I am 69 and I still miss those days.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Pat Burden
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It looks as if they were through with dinner; the young man's plate pushed back. Yes, I think it was great they ate together, but I cannot get over how many patterns there are in the decor of this room. Patterned carpet (or linoleum - that was big at this time) wallpaper, curtains, the patterned fabric swag on the left, etc. It also looks like that is a sled standing in the corner of the room with pictures mounted to it. All in all, an odd photo.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jan Doss
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I think it's a baker's rack.
Apr 01, 2016 ·
Linda Stewart
I wonder what they were dining on, I see fruit, what looks like bread or cake and wine bottles.. One girl is holding her doll.. They look neat and happy to me..
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jan Doss
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Quiche or a custard, cheese, bread, wine and fruit. They were French.
Apr 01, 2016 ·
Linda Eaton
I knew an elderly man who lived to be 100 years old...he was born in 1884...that seemed ancient to me at the time, and I marveled at the fact he was born in the 19th century. He would've lived in a home like that one...he was born to a middle class family. But then I had a great grandparent that was born even earlier than that...he was born in 1874 and passed in 1968.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Ae Duston
looks dark and gloomy in that room
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Teresa Ann-Cass O'Connor
they look very civil.........no complaints........
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Carrol Hudson
This family would have been very wealthy
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Brenda Thompson Davis
It's a lovely photo...
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Ray Subhajit Kumar
There is no ac, there in no TV but there is love and togetherness. I will have rather have dinner the old fashioned way if possible.
Mar 30, 2016 · Reply
Jane Smith
Love the curtains. I have to say I much prefer more informal eating and I'm always eating in front of the tele☹ What I do hate is uncouth table manners and clueless people who have no idea how to handle a knife and fork! Yuk! Says so much
Mar 31, 2016 · Reply
Robert Burkhardt
Wow they are sitting together! Growing up you either came to the dinner table Sat down at the right time or did not eat. Period
Mar 31, 2016 · Reply
Karen Ann Iddings
Love this photo! These are the type I collect if I'm lucky enough to find them on ebay and they aren't too high priced.
Mar 31, 2016 · Reply
Linda Hardy
I have the same dress as the girl with the braid, it was my nans aunty's I think. I also have a photo of me wearing it with my hair also plaited at the side though, not the back.
Mar 31, 2016 · Reply
Robyn Peery
We still eat at the table in my house.
Mar 31, 2016 · Reply
Susan Schloss
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This looks more like a seance to me!
Mar 31, 2016 · Reply
Ronda Callene Graves
😊
Mar 31, 2016 · Reply
Jan Doss
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This photo was posted by me. It is of my grandmother's Aunt, Anna Tisserand Fritz, her husband John Fritz, and their children. It was taken in Cedarville, California in about 1899.
Apr 01, 2016 · Reply
Jan Doss
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This photo was posted by me. Taken in Cedarville, California in 1899. The family members in the photo are Anna Tisserand Fritz, my grandmother's aunt, her husband, John Fritz and their children. They came from Alsace Lorraine, France, which explains the wine, quiche, fruit, etc. John co-owned the General Store and bank in Cedarville with my great grandfather, Anton Jacobs. They later ran the US Post office. The girl with the doll is Gertie Fritz who was ten. Katie, her sister with the braid, was fourteen. Johnny was thirteen.
Apr 01, 2016 · Reply
Chantal Bonici Kraft
My maternal grandfather was Alsacien, his last name was Fritsch, I later married an American man who's mother's father came from Lorraine. :)
Apr 02, 2016 ·
Sharon Tesar Johnson
Supper was the best meal of the day ...We always sat down to a set table and had a good meal and conversation about the day, etc. Mom was always home. I worked but we still had a supper meal . I know the hectic life of everyone now has stopped the tradition for many and it is a real shame.
Apr 25, 2016 · Reply
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