Concealed mother

Cabinet card. A personal favourite.

  • Vivienne Strauss PRO 5y

    :D I first read it as "congealed".
  • Mrs Inman 5y

    I wonder if photographers really thought covering mothers with blankets really worked to blend them in with the scenery. I love these photos!
  • Crafty Dogma PRO 5y

    Vivienne: Ha! Ha! Your eyes are as bad as mine!

    MrsInman: I just hope that she didn't suffocate!
  • Vivienne Strauss PRO 5y

    mine are getting worse every day it seems. The more I look at this, the more odd it becomes, I mean is the tapestry really supposed to look like part of the nature scene ?
  • Rita PRO 5y

    That's no concealment, that's a smothering. A mother smother.
  • -Snapatorium- 5y

    This is really weird, A. I can understand a hidden mother with a baby, but this kid is old enough to pose by herself. Great find!
  • Crafty Dogma PRO 5y

    Vivienne: I don't think that the tapestry was meant to blend in. I have many photos with mothers draped in this kind of blanket. I think that these were just popular patterns and styles for that time.

    RitaEAG: Good one!

    -Snapatorium-: I thought so too. The little girl looks as tense as I do at the dentist's.
  • Caroline 5y

    Why were all these moms such forbidden fruit? It is extraordinary the lengths they went to *not* to be in the pix. And why not stand just outside the picture frame? I feel there is part of the story we just don't grasp.... Sooooooo weird.
  • Robert Keim 5y

    you should submit this to "Hidden Mother: tintypes and Cabinets"
    Group Page HERE
  • Crafty Dogma PRO 5y

    Caroline: There is definitely a research project here for someone. Maybe the little girl was afraid of having her head propped by the headrest (the base of the stand is visible in the photo) or maybe she had separation anxiety from her mother.

    rkeim38: Thanks. I might do that later. I still have a few of my own images on the front page of the group so I'm waiting for others to add their photos first.
  • Bob Horowitz PRO 5y

    Mother must have been really ugly for them to have thrown a rug over her.
  • Crafty Dogma PRO 5y

    Or maybe she was so beautiful that the photographer couldn't concentrate. :-)
  • Vintage America PRO 4y

    What an interesting image.
  • MaybeImAghost 4y

    Why is there a stand behind her?
  • Crafty Dogma PRO 4y

    Vintage America: glad you like it.

    MaybeImAghost: it's the photographer's head clamp for keeping the head still during the longish exposures they used back then.
  • cndparker 4y

    Laughing out loud at this one!
  • Despo Pasia 2y

    Hello, I have run into your 'concealed parents' album. I am an MA student in Museum Studies, Leicester, currently writing my Thesis on studio photographic portaits made in Nicosia, Cyprus in the 20th c. I would like to use some of your examples, given you can provide me with a permit to do so.
    Thanks for you time, hope to hear from you soon,
    Despo P.
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