ca. 1880s, [portrait of a child with a toy train set], Elliott
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [portrait of a child with a toy train set], Elliott

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]

via Ebay

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a doll], C.E. Clark
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a doll], C.E. Clark

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a girl with her doll and a crutch] 
via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a girl with her doll and a crutch]

via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three cowboy-esque gentlemen, one with a doll]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three cowboy-esque gentlemen, one with a doll]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870’s, [tintype portrait of of three seated young girls holding their dolls]
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1870’s, [tintype portrait of of three seated young girls holding their dolls]

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a child with his train set]
via Ebay

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a child with his train set]

via Ebay

ca. 1880-1910’s, [albumen print, outdoor portrait of a child with collection of dolls and stuffed animals]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880-1910’s, [albumen print, outdoor portrait of a child with collection of dolls and stuffed animals]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a child with a hoop toy], Charles Albert Marston
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a child with a hoop toy], Charles Albert Marston

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child with her doll]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child with her doll]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a child on a rocking horse], Murry Dunham
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a child on a rocking horse], Murry Dunham

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of Frances, Robert and Kirk Newell with a kitten and toy horse]
via the Boston Public Library on Flickr, Print Department

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of Frances, Robert and Kirk Newell with a kitten and toy horse]

via the Boston Public Library on Flickr, Print Department

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of two children with toys]
via the Cleveland Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of two children with toys]

via the Cleveland Museum of Art, Photography Collection

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