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    Tintype. Note impression from paper frame.

    J__L, Elizabeth Huey, kevin63, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. -Snapatorium- [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

      The baby looks spooked. And not to be mean, but the lady is a bit witchy.

    2. lydiafairy 30 months ago | reply

      she totally Does look like a witch, poor baby. Glad they cropped her out in frame

    3. The hills are alive* 30 months ago | reply

      Great drama here. Love the way the woman is interacting with the photographer - so very different from the more formal poses.
      Is it unusual to see a baby in black, or at least dressed in a dark colour? Certainly nowadays it would be odd....

    4. Crafty Dogma 30 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the comments everyone!
      That's an interesting question. I haven't paid much attention to the colours of babies' clothing but I imagine that dark colours were used quite often probably for practical purposes (the same fabric would have been used to make several pieces of clothing for the family, doesn't show dirt easily). I do wonder what this colour was. Perhaps violet or brown? Hopefully a fashion expert will come along and tell us some more.

    5. MoxieGrl 28 months ago | reply

      The colour could have been red, yellow, orange, etc and turned up black in the wet-plate process. It is unlikely black- it was not a common colour for babies clothing.

    6. Zyborgh 22 months ago | reply


      Interesting apperception about the woman interacting with the photographer; it's precisely the moment she is talking to the child to keep it from crying out, and looking at the photographer 'how far we are with that damn photo'..

    7. Yamamura Tsukiko 8 months ago | reply

      The woman seems every inch the child's nanny.

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