History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

02 April, 2011

Daguerreotype Children

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

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