This photo is so weird, it's hard to say what is going on. The man is definitely spending a quite evening reading the newspaper, but is that a life sized doll in the foreground sitting around as if it was part of the family? Without anything else to provide context, the possibilities for a back story are endlessly strange. This photo was found on an amazing Tumblr account that I just discovered, Looking for Snapshots. It's the blog of a snapshot collector and each shot on the blog is from his private collection. There are some very interesting ones, so I highly recommend checking it out if you like quirky old photos. Enjoy!