The next in the series of daguerreotype people; the first is here. As before, I find it so truly remarkable that we can look at these people from so long ago, and feel that they are in fact people, like anyone we would know today. Today's post concentrates on portraits of children-- children who are every bit as sweet and adorable and wonderful in the 1850s as in any other time before or since!
From the collections of the George Eastman House, a museum dedicated to the history of photography. These photos all come in elabourate frames; I have cropped them out to focus on the faces themselves, but the links show the portraits in their original, very beautiful settings.
Sarah Emile Mason. Daguerreotype, 1856. Source
Unknown boy. Ambrotype, c. 1970. Source
Little girl. Daguerreotype, c. 1860. Source
Two girls-- poor things, they don't look very happy to be there, do they? Ambrotype, c. 1860. Source
Marion Augusta Hawes (daughter of Hawes, of Southwood and Hawes). Daguerreotype, c. 1850. Source
Mother and baby... heart-melting! Daguerreotype, c. 1850. Source