Figure 1.--We have noted a portrait from the T.K. Brown family, probably taken in the 1880s. The Brown boy is posed in the studio wearing a pleated checked longsleeve dress topped by a white linen pinafore.
We have noted a portrait from the T.K. Brown family, probably taken in the 1880s. The Brown boy is posed in the studio wearing a pleated checked longsleeve dress topped by a white linen pinafore. This is interesting as generally for portraits children were no posed in their pinafores which were protective garments. Thus pinafores for younger boys were probably more common in American and European homes than is suggested by the gistotical record. He is looking off camera and a string leads from his hands to the pull toy horse on wheels. All details can be seen clearly. While the boy here has not yet been breached, his hair was already cut short. Many boys his age still had long hair, but practices varied from family to family. He looks to be about 4 yeears old, although unfortunately we do not have a high quality scan of this image. The photographic studio was: P.E.Chillman, 914 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Handwritten in pencil on the back in old script is: "I think of the T K Brown family ?".
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