Baby Ronald

I just bought another 1950s baby album of a baby and his family named Ronald Sotir. I did some research on him and he died in 2015 at the age of 58: cause of death unknown. In all likelihood, the baby album with photos of him as a baby in the late 1950s was part of an estate sale after he died in 2015.

This is one of the ways I collect all of these old antique photos is from estate stales, garage sales, and online auctions. It never ceases to amaze and sadden me that so many extended families with grandchildren and great-grandchildren have no interest in keeping these wonderful photographic memories of a time and people who have now passed from this Earth.

In fact, not much is known about him or his family except that he was born in 1957 and was loved by a loving family as the many photos from 1957 and 1958 demonstrate.

One of the things that I do know about baby Ronald is that his mom and dad were in the upper, upper middle-class in 1957. Perhaps even slightly wealthy. Included in this baby book is a copy of a round trip plane ticket from Miami to Cincinnati to see his grandma. The ticket cost $866 in 1957 and in today’s money, adjusted for inflation, that same plane ticket would cost you $8,172 in 2021.

So what was his life like? I have no idea. And I’m not sure of what he died of in 2015 at the age of 58. But the photos tell a story of a beloved baby in the care of loving parents with enough money to provide for all of his wants and needs.

Curiously, he was born in Hialeah, Florida in 1957 and died in Hialeah, Florida in 2015, having never lived anywhere else. The only record of any of his travels are the trip to Ohio/Kentucky to see his grandmother and other family members when he was just a few months old.

After this plane trip to see Grandma in 1957, there are a few more photos of him from 1958 when he is about a year old in his home of Hialeah, Florida. But beyond that, nothing else is known about him or his life, except that he died in his hometown in 2015 at the age of 58.

Ronald Sotir, 1957-2015 RIP