The Little Girl at AUSTIN STUDIOS

I have no information about this adorable little girl. No name is written on the folder. The only information is the name of the photo studio, Austin Studios, which, from what I've been able to glean, was in Los Angeles. This was in one of the boxes Bert gave me the other day. You can't imagine what I've been looking through for the past few days. I'm a very happy collector.

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As soon as I saw this photo I was reminded of Baby Snooks, a character created and played by the late Fanny Brice. I think it's because of the dress.
The Baby Snooks Show was an American radio program starring comedienne and Ziegfeld Follies alumna Fanny Brice as a mischievous young girl who was 40 years younger than the actress who played her when she first went on the air. The series began on CBS September 17, 1944, airing on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm as Post Toasties Time (for sponsor General Foods). The title soon changed to The Baby Snooks Show, and the series was sometimes called Baby Snooks and Daddy. (SOURCE: Wikiepdia)
There was even a Baby Snooks paperdoll. If you find one expect to pay $100 or more. I can only wish I had one in my collection


  1. I wonder if baby Snooks is available on video. I think I'll check, since we just finished watching about every last Our Gang episode. This would be a nice change.

  2. I think it was just a radio show. Brice died in 1951 of a cerebral hemorrhage so she missed out on early tv.

  3. She is a beautiful girl. She has a sweet smile. Her dress and white socks and shoes show a very caring hand. It would be nice to have at least a name. A very nice addition to your collection.

  4. T and L great post today. I wanted to answer your question on my comments section. The info on Ancestry.Com comes, and it shows you, the actual birth, death, marriage and census and immigration records of your folks. If you do research at your local level, such as courthouse or archives and enter that, along with the location of those records it is the people themselves who stock Ancestry.Com.
    No Family Tree Maker is blank and once you fill in what you know, then the leaves start to pop up. Almost like a game. Good luck

  5. Peggy, that's pretty fascinating. I know my library offers it for free. Perhaps someday I'll find some extra time to give it a try. You seem to be having a grand time.

  6. Fine old portrait. Well worth the rescue.

    Of course I am probably just preaching to the choir here but I’m sure you know that the movie Funny Girl was based on the life of Fanny Bryce. There is a scene in it that shows Streisand in the Baby Snooks get-up. And yes, the paper dolls are very expensive if you can find one.

  7. Oh yes, I remember Streisand in the get-up. That was the first time I'd ever heard of Baby Snooks.