ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]
via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]

via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two circus performers]
via Yale University, Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection
ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a man and his two children]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a man and his two children]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney seated with family photographs]
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney seated with family photographs]

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding his daughter], Lewis Babbit
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding his daughter], Lewis Babbit

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850’s, [father-daughter daguerreotype portrait]
via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [father-daughter daguerreotype portrait]

via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a performing family of circus acrobats and a clown], E. Gregson
via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a performing family of circus acrobats and a clown], E. Gregson

via Ebay

ca. 1860, [ambrotype portrait of a family at a window]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography
ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of Eli Bowen,”The Legless Acrobat”, with his wife and child], A. Newman
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of Eli Bowen,”The Legless Acrobat”, with his wife and child], A. Newman

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, split portrait of mustachioed Cornelius and Clinton Kenney, brothers, with shaved heads], New York Photo Co.
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, split portrait of mustachioed Cornelius and Clinton Kenney, brothers, with shaved heads], New York Photo Co.

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman and his daughter]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman and his daughter]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1870’s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of shy-looking girl sitting on her father’s lap]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1870’s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of shy-looking girl sitting on her father’s lap]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1880-89, [“hidden-mother” tintype portrait with three children]

Tintype showing one child held by a “hidden father" or "hidden mother" exemplifies a genre of photography in which an adult is obscured with a blanket or fabric while holding a baby or child from behind or to the side. A frame or matte was then used to crop the image so that only the intended sitters would be in view. 

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1880-89, [“hidden-mother” tintype portrait with three children]

Tintype showing one child held by a “hidden father" or "hidden mother" exemplifies a genre of photography in which an adult is obscured with a blanket or fabric while holding a baby or child from behind or to the side. A frame or matte was then used to crop the image so that only the intended sitters would be in view.

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

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