Daddy Steve: I have a very old photo album from my maternal grandfather's side of the family. Unfortunately, most of the people in these sepia-toned photos are unknown to me; their identities lost to the mists of time.
Sasha loves to look through this album. He and Miguel like to speculate about what these people were like. Where did they live? What did they like to do? Did they have children? Did the children have dolls? (Sasha and Miguel hope the answer to the latter is 'yes')
Sasha: I think these two gents look very dapper.
Miguel: ¡Qué guapos son! They sure knew how to dress.
Sasha: Miguel, come look at this one of some people getting married.
Miguel: ¡Qué una novia bonita! I hope they had a happy life!
Daddy Steve: We're all fond of one photo in particular (click on the photo to see a bigger version). It's of a barber/hair dressing shop that belonged to a distant ancestor in Dresden, Germany. No. 19 Bonischplatz, according to the back of the picture. We believe the proprietor, Henrich Bretschneider, is the dapper gentleman standing in the doorway; I can see a faint family resemblance. In addition to offering hairdressing, Henrich also sold perfumes and toiletries. However, it's another one of his services that we find most interesting.
Apparently Henrich also repaired dolls! Note the signs on the shopfront that say Puppen-Klinik (below the shop window) and Anfertigung Puppen Reparaturen (above the shop window). We can only imagine the amazing dolls that were part of his clientele. Perhaps even a doll like our friend Armand.
I would like to believe that an affinity for dolls is encoded in my DNA.