Unidentified Children (United States, late-1850s)


Figure 1.-- The two girls here are wearing necklaces and their dresses are tinted blue and their cheeks pink. The little boy on the right also has rosy cheeks. Often the younger children are difficult to identify, but the younger child here is definitely a boy because of the side part in his hair and also the different material in his “dress.” Plaid dresses often indicate a boy, This is a 1/6 plate ambrotype. The ambro probably dates the image to the late 50s.

The first visit to the photographer’s studio is a pretty scary thing, even for adults back in the 1850s. These three sweet siblings are well behaved and held their hands just the way the photographer told them and tried to stay very still. Sometimes the children were tied to the chair with belts, but I can’t tell if that’s going on here. The two girls have relatively short hair with center parts, but not very carefully styled. They are wearing identical dresses which have been tinted. There is trim at the sleeves. They seem to be wearing belts, but the older girl's belt buckless is strangely out of line. Belts on girl's dresses seem unusual to us, but our knowledge of dresses are limited. They also wear identical necklaces, but I can't tell just what kind. Their dresses are tinted blue and their cheeks pink. The little boy on the right also has rosy cheeks. Often the younger children are difficult to identify, but the younger child here is definitely a boy because of the side part in his hair and also the different material in his “dress.” Plaid dresses often indicate a boy. This looked to be a checked dress and we are less sure about the gender conventions of checked material. His dressed is also styled sifferently with a loweer neckline. This is a 1/6 plate ambrotype. The ambro probably dates the image to the late 50s.






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