Labrador Moms

Happy Mother’s Day from LILA Online!

Few photographers can resist a mother and baby, and early-twentieth-century visitors to Labrador’s coast were no exception.  The archives are full of historical images of young Labrador families. Here for Mother’s Day are two great portraits of Labrador moms.

Both photos belong to the Donald and Miriam MacMillan Collection, with the originals residing at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, Maine. The MacMillans produced many still and moving images during several trips to Labrador, and the collection as a whole remains a valuable resource for family historians and researchers on many topics.

Unfortunately the photographers did not often write down their subjects’ names, so we don’t know for certain who the two women in today’s portraits were. For the children in their arms, however, they undoubtedly meant the world.

This picture was taken at Double Island in 1927 or 1928. One source has tentatively identified the mother as Elinora Terriak. Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Collection. Labrador Institute Image #208.
  This picture was taken at Anatalak Bay, near Nain, in 1931. Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Collection. Labrador Institute Image #65.

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