Obviously, my favorite baby photo(s) is/are of MY baby. My very favorite photo of my baby (so far) was shared earlier, here. Sometimes it’s hard to believe she was ever really that small.

But since my little one’s photos are already plastered all over the pages of this blog, I’ve chosen to share one of the few photos I have of my mother as a baby.

This photo is a hand-tinted black and white, signed by “J. S. Martins,” who I assume was the photographer. At the moment, I am unable to find the original (shame on me!), but if I remember correctly, there was nothing written on the back. I’m guessing that she was less than one year of age when this photo was taken.

It amazes me that technology nowadays makes it so easy for us to have literally thousands of photos of our sweet babies, but photos of our ancestors are/were rare and precious. I’m thankful to be able to capture so many memories of my little one before she’s all grown up.


Dagle, Judith Ann. Photograph. ca. 1941. Digital image. Privately held by Elizabeth O’Neal, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Santa Barbara Co., California. 2008.

Article composed for the 7th Edition, Smile for the Camera: Oh Baby!

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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