|Three generations of baby books|
The pink one is mine born 1954, the white one is my mom's, Jill Mayne born 1935 and the blue one belonged to my grandmother, Elaine Coffman.
|Elaine Coffman's Baby Book, 1910, Cover image|
|List of gifts received for Elaine Coffman in August and September of 1910 in New York City.|
|Ernest E. Coffman, wife Mae and mother Harriet residing on West 138th Street, New York|
|Mae Moss Coffman about 1910 in New York City with daughter, Elaine in baby carriage.|
There is a little dog at her feet which does not appear to be on a leash.
Then on Wednesday, December 7, 1910, "Elaine had her first ride in the snow down to 125th Street." Perhaps that ride in the snow was to visit daddy at his office at 17 West 125th Street. Ernest Coffman was working as a manager for the Gas Governor Company.
|Google Street view of the building at 17 West 125th Street, New York|
Wikipedia offers the following historical perspective on West 125 Street:
"125th Street is a two-way street that runs east–west in the New York City borough of Manhattan, from First Avenue on the east to Marginal Street, ... along the Hudson River in the west. It is often considered to be the "Main Street" of Harlem, and is co-named Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
Notable buildings along 125th Street include the Apollo Theater, the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, the Hotel Theresa, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Mount Morris Bank Building, the Harlem Children's Zone, the Church of St. Joseph of the Holy Family, and the former West End Theatre, now home to the La Gree Baptist Church."
|These pictures from Elaine's baby book probably show the house where the Coffmans resided in Edgewater, New Jersey. |
Elaine is being held by her father, Ernest Coffman.
The little dog is in the previous picture too.
|Edgewater-125th Street ferryboat that crossed the Hudson River. SOURCE: Wikipedia.|
|The playmate, Ward Gleason, may have been the son of Thomas W. Gleason on the list of gifts.|
|First words "Da Da" were spoken on the first of March 1911.|