Monday, November 15, 2010

Mystery Monday: A First Communion Portrait: who is this tiny boy?

This photograph was among the effects left by my Great-aunt Mary 'Mollie' Magee Halpin. It is thought to be one of the Geraghty children, my father or one of his brothers, but who? I have compared it to other photographs of my father around this time, and I cannot be sure that it is him because my dad does not appear to have had the same prominent ears as this little lad. Also, I have the First Communion portrait of my father's elder brother Patrick, so I know it is not him. Whoever it is, I think it is a sweet photo.

Mystery solved: This little boy is my father's brother Enda. Enda suffered from polio when he was a child, so the big boots (and an unseen crutch) enabled him to walk.

©Copyright J.Geraghty-Gorman 2010.


  1. What a serious little face - and big boots!

  2. I am taken back by his small stature, large boots, and short pants! I guess I was not aware that boys wore short pants past about 4 or 5 years of age. He sure does not look much older, 6, maybe 7?? Very interesting photo.

  3. I do hope you find out who he was - he is so appealing with his serious face, dressy clothes ... and those boots and ears!


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