Rich kid? Poor kid? Adorable child picture from 1939.

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rich kid poor kid old photo boy with robe

The portrait of this child is so interesting and appealing.  I bought it years ago and have loved it.  The first thing that I think is that this child was royalty, rich and happy.

Then I look at the child's clothing.  Those little shoes have been passed down a few times.  Notice the shoe polish on the soles.  The outfit he has on doesn't seem anything more than a normal child's outfit. So now I think that he visited some studio for a picture and the photographer had a robe to put on the children just for effect.  And a loving cup to hold in his hands.  He is happy!

Wouldn't it be fun to find out something about him.   I tried but failed.  On the back the name is given. He was Master Robert Rudolph Ritter, 15 months old, 25 pounds and 32 inches tall.  The picture was taken May 15, 1939.  So perhaps someone will find this during a google search and tell us about this child.

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Rainer
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Looks like he has a bowl haircut and a gold goblet in his hands.

He could still be alive.

 

Jan 06, 2017 01:15 PM #1
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Cynthia (CJ) Sleppy
Cynthia J Sleppy Real Estate - Medford, OR

I've been doing a lot of genealogy researching the last few months, so I couldn't resist taking a look.  

     I found a Robert Rudolph Ritter, born Feb 4, 1938, died December 16, 1984 and buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hickory Withe, Fayette County, Tennessee.  According to the Social Security Death Index 1935-2014 and the U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Robert's last residence was 114 Marne St., Memphis, TN.  

      I don't know if there is a connection here but it would certainly seem possible - a 1940 Census of Memphis, Tennessee shows a 2 year old Robert, son of L.R. Ritter (32) (occupation listed as Commissioned Broker) and Emily (31) living at 909 Maury St.  Both parents were born in Mississippi and the son was born in Tennessee.

In the Memphis State University 1959 Yearbook, there is a Robert R. Ritter whose picture looks like it could be him.  He also looks looks like a happy person).

There was also a Robert R. Ritter from Blue Springs, MO that attended the University of Missouri Rolla as a Freshman in 1958 (no picture available on this one.)

Hope that helps a bit.  ;>)

Jan 06, 2017 09:18 PM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Cynthia!  I'll bet you found him!  That date would make him about 15 months old as written on the back of the photo.  Doing the searches that you are doing must be so interesting!  I'm going to print out your search and attach it to the back of the picture.  Perhaps an heir will find it.  It, however, is probably one of those deals when the heirs care nothing about old pictures and just sold them all.  Thanks for searching for me!

Jan 07, 2017 05:30 AM #3
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Joe Pryor
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If he is still alive wouldn't it be a hoot to deliver the picture back to him? I love serendipity.

Jan 07, 2017 10:51 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Cynthia, do you have to pay to be able to do unlimited searches?

 

Jan 08, 2017 07:19 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Joe, sounds as if Cynthia found his probably obit.  Perhaps some relative will find this sometime and want it.

 

Jan 08, 2017 07:20 AM #6
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Cynthia (CJ) Sleppy
Cynthia J Sleppy Real Estate - Medford, OR

Barbara, the answer is basically yes, there are costs.  There are some sources that are free (Pintrest posts can help locate them), but most of the stuff will end up requiring some sort of a subscription to use the resources.  Whether a subscription to a service like Ancestry or a historical society membership or the site that has access to newspapers or something like that, there are costs and, of course, some are more expensive than others and that is usually because they have more indepth information types available. 

Jan 08, 2017 08:41 PM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Cynthia, thanks again for that information and for using your subscription to search this picture.  While being on this blog, I have been surprised many times by having folks find an old blog that popped up in their searches on google and contacting me.  If this happens it will all be because of you.  Thanks!

Jan 09, 2017 03:39 AM #8
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