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Strange 1860 tintype of women with spoons on their back

ca. 1860-80’s, [portrait of a woman in mourning]

Hidden Mothers: Seventeen 19th Century Baby Portraits

Intriguing group of friends. 1864, New York


19th century gown for deep mourning.

Portrait, c.1910 by Reutlinger

Victorians often had portraits taken during times of mourning with their faces covered or veiled, or with their backs to the camera.

Researchers have uncovered a rare photograph of a young Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan, nearly 120 years after it was taken on Cape Cod. The photograph, shot in July 1888 in Brewster, shows an 8-year-old Helen sitting outside in a light-colored dress, holding Sullivan’s hand and cradling one of her beloved dolls. Experts on Keller’s life believe it could be the earliest photo of the two women together and the only one showing the blind and deaf child with a doll...

A 'hidden mother' photograph. In the Victorian Era, women holding infants were often covered because the photograph is meant to be cropped and framed to show only the infant. The original photograph is creepy. Passport photos of infants are still taken this way in some countries.

ca. 1860, [daguerreotype portrait of a woman looking into mirror]

Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear. (from 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken)

:::::::::::: Antique Photograph :::::::::::: Cabinet photograph of a young nurse. Boy, have nursing outfits changed!!! :-)

A verry nice dude

Samurai in Yokohama, ca. 1866 by Felice Beato. Rare photo of true samurai: a year or two after this photograph was taken, the samurai were abolished.

:::::::::: Vintage Photograph :::::::::: These girls and the light in this photograph take my breath away

War time - Southend, Essex, 1941. Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library

This is one of the earliest known photographs of a human. A self portrait taken in 1839, it shows a young Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) standing outside his family’s lamp-making shop in Philadelphia.

"A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945."