|Internet photo of Miss Edna Gaston and doll -- first found on Flickr.|
This lovely little girl is identified as Miss Edna Earl Gaston and friend (doll in carriage). The doll appears to be a brown composition Mama doll. The Horsman doll company is known to have produced similar dolls along with other early American doll companies.
Along with the photo when found on Flickr, was the following text:
On back of photo: Sept. 25, 1925 -- "To Uncle John from Edna Earl Gaston.”I continue to wonder if the doll belonged to little Miss Gaston or if it was a studio prop.
A later annotation indicates that “Uncle John” was John Clark, a “founder and Senior Warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and an organizer of their parochial school for blacks.
Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina postcards in the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill