|"Bye-Lo-Baby" Wee Babies (1882)|
Mira's dolls would have been like those in the illustrations, young children with faces of porcelain or bisque. Beautiful as the dolls may have been, they cannot compare to Mira's own joyous children pictured below. I can't help but wonder what prank was afoot ....
|Mira Rockwell (Main) Stratton, Charles W. Stratton III, Virginia Stratton|
Reprint, J. Will Hawes, photographer, ca 1920
Mira's father, Isaac Main (ca 1836-1891), strove to bring the family together, moving closer to Stockbridge and applying for a Civil War service pension; he died before receiving it. Auntie Mira Rockwell filled the void, caring for Mira Main as if she were her own. Mira (Main) Stratton refers to 'Auntie' frequently and affectionately in her diary. I like to think of the two Miras sharing bedtime verses from Wee Babies.
"Go to sleep my precious baby,
Let me think what mama sings,
All about the stars and lammies,
By-lo-land and lots of things."
"By-lo-Land and lots of things" await you at Sepia Saturday 109.
"Bye Lo Babies." Article. Byelobabies.com. http://http://www.byelobbabies.com/ : accessed 20 January 2012.
Blanchard, Amy E., poetry, and Ida Waugh, illustrations. Wee Babies: Printed in Colours from Original Designs. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.; London: Griffith and Farran, 1882. This book was a gift from Charles W. Stratton III and Marita (Dick) Stratton in 1990. The book was part of the family's collection of books.
Civil War and Later Pension Files. Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15. Mira Main, minor's application no. 8541, for service of Isaac G. W. Main. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Massachusetts. Berkshire County. 1890 U.S. census, 'Special Schedule - Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows." Lenox, Enumeration District (ED) 37, p. 4, Isaac Main. Digital images. Ancetry.com. http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 December 2010.
Massachusetts. Berkshire County. 1900 U.S. census, population schedule. Stockbridge, Enumeration District (ED) 83, p. 1818 (penned), Mira Rockwell household, dwelling 118, family 126. Digital images. Ancestry.com. http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 December 2010.
Massachusetts. Berkshire County. 1910 U.S. census, population schedule. Stockbridge, Enumeration District (ED) 88, p. 3451 (penned), Mira Rockwell household, dwelling 17, family 17. Digital images. Ancestry.com. http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 December 2010.
Prisant, Carol. Antiques Roadshow Collectibles.... New York: Workman Publishing, 2003, p. 275.
Stratton, Mira Rockwell (Main), Charles W. Stratton III and Virginia Stratton. Reprint of a photograph by J. Will Hawes. ca 1920. Privately held by Liz Stratton, [ADDRESS FOR PERSONAL USE,] Cincinnati, Ohio. 2012. The photographer was identified by comparing the reprint to original photographs that include Charles W. Stratton III and Virginia Stratton wearing the same clothing in front of the same background.
Stratton, Mira Rockwell (Main). "Line-a-Day Diary." MS. Lee, Massachusetts, 1913-1923. Privately held by Liz Stratton, [ADDRESS FOR PERSONAL USE,] Cincinnati, Ohio. 2011.
Stratton Family Traditions. Liz and Dick Stratton, compilers. MSS notes, ca 1991-present. Privately held by Stratton, [ADDRESS FOR PERSONAL USE,] Cincinnati, Ohio.