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Remembering Sarah Alice Langworthy – Happy Birthday Izannah Walker Part 2

Sarah Alice Langworthy_ Paula Walton photo
Carte de visite of Sarah Alice Langworthy age 22 months, December, 1884. Sarah was born in February, 1883 in Westerly, RI. She died in January, 1887. This is an example of a child holding an Izannah Walker doll that is much older than the child. Sarah was born 10 years after Izannah Walker received her patent. Although it is a bit difficult to make out, the doll in the photograph is a pre-patent Izannah Walker doll. Collection of Paula Walton.

I am privileged to own one period photograph of a child holding an Izannah Walker doll. It is a carte de visite of Sarah Alice Langworthy age 22 months, taken during December, 1884. Sarah was born in February of 1883 in Westerly, RI, 10 years after Izannah Walker received her patent. Sarah Alice died in January, 1887.

Fortunately the back of the carte de visite has Sarah’s name, her age, and the date written on it.  That information along with the location of the photographer printed on the front of the image allowed me to search for Sarah Alice.  It took me several hours of research to find the record of her birth and death…  In my heart I had been hoping that I would find out that Sarah Alice had married, borne a houseful of children, and lived a long life. It would have been lovely to imagine that the doll Sarah Alice was holding so tightly in her photograph was a family doll, that might have been passed down to her own children…  There is no way of knowing if the Izannah Walker doll that Sarah Alice is holding once belonged to her mother or other family member… or if it was a prop belonging to the photographer, meant to entertain children and help them sit still…

Nathan Loveland Langworthy collection of P.Walton
Nathan Loveland Langworthy, born September 7,1885, 8 months old.
Sarah Alice Langworthy collection of P.Walton
Sarah Alice Langworthy, nine months old.


In memory of Sarah Alice, Cloe and I attempted to recreate her carte de visite.  We were not entirely successful, as the lure of actually playing with a doll is so much more enticing to a two year old, than merely sitting demurely in a chair.  I hope Sarah Alice had many similar days filled with love,  and the unconditional joy of a child playing with her favorite doll. ❤


P. Walton photo copy right 2017

More birthday fun coming your way at 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.  My New Dolls will be posted at 2:00 p.m., which is later than my previously stated time of noon… I’ve had a few technical difficulties with my video!  Sorry!!!


4 thoughts on “Remembering Sarah Alice Langworthy – Happy Birthday Izannah Walker Part 2

  1. This photo story with your little granddaughter is so darling! Each moment is so precious. I love the photos where she is feeding the doll – such a thoughtful little doll mother! Charlotte

  2. Thank you Charlotte! We did have a lovely afternoon, but she never would sit still in the chair and just hug the doll! More on Cloe’s imaginary Ice cream later this afternoon ❤ Paula

    1. Thank you! I had a heck of a time with her hair ribbon and finally gave up on it. Then she started yanking on the antique coral necklace… so I took that off too. She loved the petticoats and the dresses (there were two of each) and she spent a considerable amount of time dancing and twirling in circles to make the skirts poof out… naturally every time I tried to catch that on camera I was too slow! 🙂

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