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The Invisible Mother - mom.me

The invisible mother ~ This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image. Portraits from Linda Fregni Nagler's book The Hidden Mother

Children Mourn Loss Of Mother Ghost Appears 1889 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

Children Mourn Loss Of Mother Ghost Appears 1889 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

Hidden Mother la tercera madre

More hidden mothers in Victorian photography: post-mortem photographs or not?

FAKE: That the mother was dead. FACT: The "hidden mother" was draped so she could hold and/or keep her kids calm and still. The children's photos would be cropped and matted separately and it was best if "pieces" of mom weren't in the background.

Victorian Death Photos

A Victorian "hidden mother' memento mori / post mortem photo / photograph. In the Victorian Era, women holding infants were often covered; because the photograph is meant to be cropped to show only the infant.

it's not fun at the seaside no don't let me catch you having any fun!

These two children had their photograph taken on a beach near North Berwick. In the late Victorian period amateur photography was still quite technically demanding and few families could afford the equipment or time required - both appear bored with

Favorite picture of all time.

This is a picture of a little person, Edward Garrett, who played a baby in the farce "The Little Stranger" on Broadway. So, the picture is not as weird as it looks. It is a picture of a man, not a child.

baby girl with her mother keeping her still, hands still visibles

Hidden Mother Photography - baby girl with her mother keeping her still, hands still visibles

Although not as "hidden" as most, you can see that this mother definitely did not want to be in this photo.

Although not as "hidden" as most, you can see that this mother definitely did not want to be in this photo.

13 Old-Timey Photos That Prove History Was Haunted

13 Old-Timey Photos That Prove History Was Haunted

Ducking for cover: Other options included sitting the young infants in proper chairs but then propping them upright from behind with the parent's hands exposed

The Hidden Mother: preserving baby memories II

Victorian mothers wanting a portrait of their children had to disguise themselves as chairs, couches and curtains to hold them still – Linda Fregni Nagler, The Hidden Mother

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