The blog Shorpy has interesting old photos they have enhanced in remarkable clarity. My blogging buddy White Rabbit discovered an interesting back story to one of his favorite photos from that site.
I am lucky to have many very old photos of generations of family and of other unknown people whose photographs I've purchased at auctions, when sadly there was no family who wanted them.
The photograph below is one of those unknown people. There is no date or name written on the back, and no photography studio name on the front. I display this photo in my den, which I must admit, has a masculine aura of a hunting theme , mostly pheasants. I like to imagine that those large birds in the photo were not simply props, but that this photo was taken to celebrate the young boy's expertise in gathering game for the dinner table.