Monday, February 7, 2011

Hidden Mothers in Early Photography

1/9 plate Civil War era "hidden mother" tintype

Accidental Mysteries has a great blog post about the "Hidden Mothers" phenomenon in early photography. The blogger writes:

PHOTOGRAPHY BUFFS may already know about the “hidden mother” in early photographs, but some of my readers may not.... You see, most infants during that time were photographed with their mothers holding them. The intended picture was ultimately headed for a frame or mat, so the child would sit in the mothers lap for the photo. When the picture was taken, the mother simply was cropped out to serve as the backdrop.

Flickr has a pool of tintypes and cabinet cards to see examples

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