Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Family Photographs - Post 21: Young Lyle

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my Smith/Carringer family collection:

This is a picture of my grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer, the only living son of Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer. It was taken around 1895 in San Diego, at the Excelsior Studio.

My impression of Lyle's childhood is that his parents babied him for a long time because his older brother died in infancy. You can see it in the Smith/Vaux letters I transcribed earlier this year.

By age 4 or so, little Lyle had long wavy hair (I wonder if this is where my brother Stan got his curly hair? I certainly didn't!) and was dressed as a boy. I love the hat, the breeches (?), the shirt and jacket, the boots (?).

This photograph was handed down from Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer to their son Lyle Lawrence Carringer, to their daughter Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (who married Fred Seaver) to me, their son.

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