Mother and child by the sea in marvellous old photos

by | Mar 25, 2023 | Photography

There is something quite endearing in old photographs of mother and child by the sea. The mother and her bountiful, abiding love. The sea, “the nourisher of kinds” as Ralph Waldo Emerson called it in his poem “Seashore“. The juxtaposition of the two makes for a poignant and powerful image that does not easily fade. It sticks to the mind and the heart.

Mrs George Eustis and child at the beach, 1911
Photo by Arnold Genthe (1869–1942)
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, USA

Montage of woman with baby and sea in the background, 1882
Photo by Francesco Michetti (1866–1914)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Sandbagged, c. 1904
Photographer unidentified
Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Woman with child at beach, undated
Photo by Reuben R. Sallows (1855–1937)
Courtesy of Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol

Poet Elisheva with her infant daughter on the beaches of Tel Aviv, winter 1926
Photo by Shimon Korbman (1887–1978)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Ann Lee Alley (later Earnshaw) with her mother Dorothy S. Alley at West Palm Beach, Florida, 1939
Photo by Raymond Ambrose Alley (1908–2000)
Courtesy of Florida Memory, State Library and Archives of Florida

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