Saturday, November 6, 2010
The Rivet children on Summit Street, Cohoes, NY circa 1923
Three children, from left to right: Raymond, Joseph Albert and Marie Claire Rivet
Location: In the front of the Rivet home on 28 Summit Street, Cohoes, NY. circa 1923.
Claire , Al and Ray all lost their biological mother when she died shortly after Ray was born. By the time this photo was taken, they had a step mother, Malvina Hamel who, from all accounts, treated them as if they were her own. Malvina never had any biological children of her own but found her calling raising the children of Marie Louise Lacasse and Paul Emile Rivet.
In the photo, the children appear quite serious. Even Claire who gets to sit on the pony doesn't seem to be certain if she is enjoying the occasion. Al, as the responsible older boy, has a good hold on the pony. Ray, the youngest, looks content to go along with this experience of being photographed with a pony. This was a very common way to photograph children in this period. Itinerant photographers would travel from neighborhood to neighborhood setting up equipment creating a quick setting to take a photograph and sell to eager family.