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May 7, 2016

Mother and Child – Exquisitely Beautiful Vintage Photographs of a Young Tasha Tudor and Her Children

Tasha Tudor (1915–2008) is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938.

She illustrated nearly one hundred books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas. She received many awards and honors, including Caldecott Honors for Mother Goose and 1 is One. Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world. She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works throughout her 70 year career.

From a young age Tasha Tudor was interested in the home arts. She excelled in cooking, canning, cheese-making, ice cream making and many other home skills.

Once summer arrives, Tasha Tudor would always leave her art table to spend the season tending her large, beautiful garden which surrounds her home.

These exquisitely beautiful photographs are of a young Tasha and her children as photographed by Nell Dorr in the 1940s for her book Mother and Child.

Tudor and children in a circle

Tasha and Polly with Polly's daughters Rosamond and Mary playing ring-around-the-rosy

Tasha Tudor having her dress buttoned

Tasha Tudor holding baby, probably Bethany

Nursing Mother

Bethany drinking from a dipper

Bethany and Tasha at kitchen table

Tasha hanging clothes

Tasha Tudor in white dress

Tasha Tudor

Bethany and Seth

Tudor women and children in a circle

Tasha and Polly with Polly's daughters Rosamond and Mary playing ring-around-the-rosy

Family by lamplight


Tudor women and children in a circle

Tasha Tudor in bedroom

Nursing mother in canopy bed

Girls in hats

Bethany in a chair looking at bird cage suspended in window

Bethany and Seth in bed


Tasha in her pantry making jelly

Tasha Tudor sewing

Mother and child

Bethany holding chicken

Tasha in chicken yard

Barbara (Dorr) Tenery on a hilltop

The Sunday dress

Tasha Tudor dressing Bethany


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