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Postmortem Boy with Mother

This mother posed with her dead son for this portrait. We know this is a boy because his hair is parted on both sides. We know he is dead because his eyes are closed.

He wears a cotton print frock with front buttons and flounced sleeves. The clothing is poorly arranged on him, which suggests the difficulty of dressing him for this photo. The top of his left boot is visible.

Boy in fan-front dress

This boy's portrait is a fine example of an 1850's fan front dress for a child. The boat neck is edged in a lace or ribbon trim, as is the sleeve. The pattern shows that the sleeve is cut on bias. There are three rows of trim at the end of the sleeve. The boy wears his hair in ring curls of moderate length, but it is still parted on the side, showing that this is a boy child.

Three postmortem children

These three children are noted as having died from cholera. The photo was taken after their death, as shown by the closed eyes.

All three are wearing plaid from the, probably from the same bolt.

The large school slate shows a three column addition partly solved. The middle boy holds a large lump of chalk.

Brother and Sister 2

Traces of tinting show in the faces of this brother and sister.

Boy with tunic

This boy looks to be about eight. He has a dark Russian tunic with metal buttons. His broad rise and fall collar is white and opens in the back. His hair is parted on the side.

Boy with toy dog

This little blue-eyed blond boy has his push toy with him, a stuffed poodle mounted on a four-wheeled platform.

He wears a blue Russian Tunic, fastened with moderate-sized buttons. Under the tunic he has a blue and white striped shirt. He is wearing white or very light blue pants. His shoes show little detail.

He is wearing his hair with two parts and a front curl held by macassar oil.

Boy with Russian Tunic

This boy wears a Russian Tunic with a band collar. A lace collar peeks out at the neckline. The tunic is closed with eight bright metal buttons.

Little boy with boots

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This little boy is wearing a dress because he is too young to be "breeched." We know he's a boy because of the part on the right side of his head.

The dress is sleeveless. He has a lace petticoat showing.

This is a great example of children's shoes. The rather thin soles are shown well. The uppers seem to be a thin and flexible. It appears that the shoes are fastened with laces, but no eyelets are seen.

Brother and Sister

His shirt is a colorful, probably garish, plaid that is cut on the bias. The shoulders are dropped and the arms are cartridge pleated into the armscye. He has a plain starched white turned-down collar. The shirt has prominent metal buttons. His pants appear to be pleated as well.

She wears a necklace of dark material, which may have a bead in the center. Her checked dress has short bias-cut sleeves and white undersleeves. Her hairstyle shows elaborate curls.

Boy with flowers

This boy is old enough to have been breeched - that is, he's wearing trousers rather than a dress. He wears a front-opening Russian Tunic with a high neck and a lace collar.

The table and flowers show the sort of tinting that was commonly used in photographs.

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