Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #19 Guy Royaltey BOSWELL 1893-1979

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

#19 Guy Royaltey BOSWELL 1893-1979

Guy Royaltey BOSWELL was the only child of Olive ROYALTY and John R. BOSWELL. He was born 14 June 1894 in Golconda, Pope County, Illinois. When his parents married his mother’s maiden name was spelled ROYALTY. Guy’s World War I and II Draft Registration Cards both have his middle name spelled ROYALTEY.

A very young Guy, not a girl.

Guy is wearing a sailor themed little boy’s dress in this photograph taken about 1895. He was most likely still in diapers as dresses made frequent diaper changes easier. Once a boy was potty trained he would be seen wearing shorts.

Guy on Bee Rock in Griffith Park overlooking the old zoo in Los Angeles.

“Guy has the sun grins” was written on the back of this photograph along with the location.

Guy Boswell posing in snow.

I believe the couple in the background help to date the photograph – 1920s.

Guy Royaltey Boswell or not?

These (above and below) photos were labelled “UnknownMan” by Joe Rooney. While going through all the knows and unknowns I came to the conclusion this must be a young Guy, above, and below perhaps an older Guy, below.

Guy Royaltey Boswell or not?

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

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Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey


Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

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