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Cute Vintage Baby Photos

Ain't they cute? Look at these cute baby photos taken over the past 150 years. Read more >>

From birth to 3 months, babies learn to smile, raise their heads and chests, and track objects and grip them. From 4 to 6 months, they can roll over, babble (no real words yet), sit up, laugh, and grab at objects (ouch, my hair!). From 7 to 9 months, they begin to crawl - and become quite good at it, sit up without being supported, respond to words, play games like patty-cake, and stand up by pulling themselves up. Between 10 to 12 months, they begin to feed themselves, say a couple of words, take their first steps, point to what they want, and play pretend - like "talking" on a toy phone.

All of these milestones are approximate - every baby develops at his or her own rate. But there's no denying that the first year of a new human being is full of rapid development and that parents eagerly watch for each one. Every day, our babies do something new and surprising. And parents document each stage through baby books and/or photographs. It's an exciting - and often tiring! - adventure, being a parent and taking care of a new life. Here are some comments on parenthood - from an article in Parents magazine :

"My love for my own child was so visceral, it made me appreciate my own mom so much more." - Keli Fisher

"Makes you find the joy and see that all the material things that run the lives of most people really mean nothing at all." - Tegan Drapehs

"You don't get to go to the bathroom alone anymore, and you can actually get by on three showers a week if you have to. But don't you dare skip laundry day!" - Tia Delao

"Before you have kids, you go to a movie fifty times a year. After you have kids, you watch the same movie fifty times a day." - Erica Byrd

". . .Most important, I learned that I could love someone more than myself, more than life, so much that it hurts sometimes." - Stephanie Reeves Cottrill

Being a parent is the hardest "job" in the world - and the must fulfilling. Now, we all know that the most beautiful babies are our own, but we can all appreciate others' adorable babies - especially when they are our ancestors. Their bright eyes, huge smiles - and often adorable frowns, the photos of these youngsters have a way of making us smile. Here are some of the little cuties from the past 100+ years. << Read less
A photo of Stanley Harrison Gwinn Sr., My Grandfather, Born Nov. 1891
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A photo of baby Norma Jeane Baker - later Marilyn Monroe.
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Marilyn Monroe
Jul 1, 1926 - Aug 5, 1962
A photo of Quentin Oliver Corkhill
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Quentin Oliver Corkhill
Apr 5, 1921 - May 31, 2001
Huntington, IN
A photo of Wilbur Hampton Leonard. Wilbur lived almost 18 months.
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A photo of Elvia Mona Foster. Picture found at flea market. Written on the back - addressed to : Mrs. W. R. Steele & family. description: Elvia Mona Foster, aged 4 1/2 months . weighed 14 1/2 lbs when taken. no other information.
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Shared on Nov 20, 2016 by:
A photo of Linda Elaine Collette
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Shared on Oct 11, 2016 by:
A photo of Carol Joyce Halverson Washburn McMahon Ewens
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Carol Joyce (Halverson) Washburn McMahon Ewens
Died: Aug 17, 1996
Moreno Valley, CA, United States
Shared on Sep 9, 2015 by:
A photo of Genevieve Mae (Ulmer) Young 6 months old.
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Genevieve Mae (Ulmer) Young
Feb 8, 1922 - Nov 15, 2016
A photo of Harry Jerome Berberich
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Harry Jerome Berberich
Dec 18, 1928 - Jul 6, 2013
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A photo of Herbert Lee Young at 4.5 months old
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Herbert Lee Young
Nov 8, 1920 - Jul 26, 2000
Humboldt, NE
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Purchased at an antique mall. Labeled Josephine Henke, taken in Chicago in 1910. Per ancestry search: Daughter of Joseph Henke and Anna Nosseck. Married Edward Schenk in about 1938. Had one known son, Kenneth born ca. 1940. Sibling Theresa Henke Bodammer, married to Elmer Bodammer.
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Josephine (Henke) Schenk
Born: around 1910
Found at an antique mall. Labeled on reverse Albert Henry Magerl. Son of William Magerl and Bertha "Birdie" Krausman Magerl. Married in 1930 to Ann Eikmeyer. Does not appear to have descendants. Had a brother George who served in the Navy. George was married to Dorothea Schultz.
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Albert Henry Magerl
Born: around 1903
A photo of David Wayne VanWinkle at Age 3 Months
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David Wayne VanWinkle
Dec 31, 1957 - Jan 9, 1959
Michiel was only 2 when he was sadly killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau on October 25,1944
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Michiel Adriaan Belinfante
Feb 15, 1942 - Oct 25, 1944
A photo of Harris Leonard Prefontaine
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Harris Leonard Prefontaine
May 28, 1906 - Aug 13, 1987
Found in an antique store. The original has gone missing. Written on the back: "Mildred Morgan, age 3 months, weight 14 pounds"
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Photo day at sears.
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Dustin P Dizoglio
Feb 11, 1981 - Nov 15, 2002
Hudson, NH, United States
An 8x10 photo found in a central Texas antique store. There is nothing written on it anywhere to identify this little girl.
A photo of Gladys Gertrude (Clark) Burbank
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Gladys Gertrude (Clark) Burbank
Jul 2, 1916 - Oct 19, 1993
This is my Mother, Willa Mearl Quackenbush . She was Born 28 July 1912. This her Baby Picture Taken January 1913. She was 6 Months Old. She Passed Away 3 October 1986, Age 71. She Married Everett James Taylor 21 July 1930 in Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA. They had 2 Children, Everett Rodney and Arlis Deanna Taylor.
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Willa Mearl (Quakenbush) Taylor
Jul 28, 1912 - Oct 3, 1986
This is a baby picture of my grandmother. It was taken around Christmas 1920 when she was about 4 months old. It was originally black and white - I colorized it using a phone app.
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A photo of Roger Ellis Phillips
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An un-named "real photo" postcard found in an antique store. His expression reminds me of Tim Allen.
A photo of James Alexander Jones as a baby. This was found in an antique store in Texas.
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James Alexander Jones
Aug 16, 1855 - Sep 4, 1931
I found this adorable baby in an antique store, but I cannot make out her last name. I'll upload a scan of her name separately so other folks can try to guess it if they want to. EDIT - There seem to be a lot of people named "Creekmur" in that area in the 19th century censuses. That's the closest match to the scribble on the back of the photo.
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Found at an antique store. Photo by J. Landy of Cincinnati, Ohio. Handwritten on the back: "Lucius Hatfield Bugbee; Born April 29, 1873; About 1 yr. old in photo"
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Lucius Hatfield Bugbee Sr
Apr 29, 1873 - Feb 22, 1948
A photo postcard found in an antique store in Texas. Writing on the back says "Little Dorthy Davis". The handwriting on the back is different, but this may have come from the same album as the photo postcard of Dorothy and her sister Walterine.
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Dorothy Caroline (Davis) Curlee
Jul 26, 1921 - Nov 29, 1989
A photo of Everett, Gordon, and Roxy Van Kleeck
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Gordon Van Kleeck
Jan 27, 1894 - Oct 7, 1977
Kingston, NY, USA
A photo of Everett Van Kleeck, his wife Gladys and their second son Warren. Warren is 8 months old in this photo.
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Everett Van Kleeck
Mar 9, 1898 - May 5, 1958
A photo of Everett Van Kleeck, his wife Gladys and their first son Everett John.
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Everett John Van Kleeck
Sep 23, 1922 - Nov 10, 1923
A photo of Mildred Chortkoff, edited by Jessica Chortkoff, property of the Chortkoff Archives, 2019
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Mildred Marjory (Newman) Chortkoff
1916 - May 1989
Reseda, CA
A photo of Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein
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Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein
Oct 3, 1923 - 2018
A photo of Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein
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Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein
Oct 3, 1923 - 2018
A photo of Sherri Karol's Mom when she was a baby.
A photo of Dorothy and Elta Van Kleeck in 1911
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Dorothy Emily (Van Kleeck) Smith
Oct 6, 1909 - Mar 31, 2010
Kingston, NY, United States
A photo of Patricia Ellen Smith at 8 months
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Patricia Ellen Smith
Apr 22, 1948 - Oct 3, 2014
A photo of Roxy (Van Kleeck) Yerry (infant) and her brother Gordon Van Kleeck (toddler) as small children. Photo probably taken about 1895. Baby Roxy looks a bit apprehensive about having her photo made. The missing lower right corner of the card would have said "Rondout, N.Y." (in Ulster County - south part of Kingston).
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Gordon Van Kleeck
Jan 27, 1894 - Oct 7, 1977
Kingston, NY, USA
This is a photo of my Father, Everett James Taylor. He was 6 1/2 Months Old when this Photo was taken by Cadwallader Photography Studio in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was Born 16 August 1915. Death 6 May 1999. He had Black Curly Hair and Great Big Blue Eyes. My Grandmother, told me that he was a Good Baby.
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Everett James Taylor
Aug 16, 1915 - May 6, 1999
A photo of Gaylord Holmes. From antique mall: Labeled "Gaylurd" or maybe "Gaylord" Holmes. Holmes is clear
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A photo of Roberta Elizabeth Pullen, Found at a scrap store in Portland, Oregon, March 2019.
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A photo of Henry Gordon McDumond or McDumont. Found at a scrap store in Portland, Oregon, March 2019.
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A photo of Sarah Jane Allmon - 1893 Barry County, Missouri. Sarah Jane was born 18 Jun 1892 in rural Barry Co., MO to William Franklin Allmon and Susan Ann THOMAS Allmon. Sarah married Rafe Mullen.
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Photo rescued from antique shop in Hillsboro, Oregon, October 2018. Parents are Mr. and Mrs, William Hughes, but baby not identified on the back. Photo taken Christmas 1912.
A genealogist found the photo and wants to get it back to the family. The back of the photo says: "Ora Lauerine Brown, daughter of John Edward Brown & Laura Dunks Brown, age 2 mo. & 2 wks."
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John Edward Brown
Born: 1886
A photo of Gaylord Harris
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Gaylord Harris
Born: 1907
I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of Geo (George) BARLOW which was taken in the 1880’s when he was just an infant. The word “Cousin” is also written on the back of the photograph. The studio and location information has been cut off so I’ve no idea where the photograph was taken. The photograph was recovered in Portland, Oregon if that is any clue to its origin. I’m hoping to locate someone from George’s family so this darling old photograph can be returned to the care of his family. If you are a member of this family, or you now someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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We had an antique store close recently and I "rescued" it, trying to find where it belongs. If anyone should recognize this little one, please let me know. Thank you.
We had an antique store close recently and I "rescued" it, trying to find where it belongs. If anyone should recognize this little one, please let me know. Thank you.
We had an antique store close recently and I "rescued" it, trying to find where it belongs. If anyone should recognize this little one, please let me know. Thank you.
Else was only 11 1/2 when she was sadly euthanized in Waldniel-Hostert on January 12,1943. Her father blamed the ones who were responsible for treating his daughter- she was buried in her hometown. She was diagnosed as mentally handicapped
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Else Harmel
1931 - Jan 12, 1943
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