Sunday, January 24, 2010

Photo Number Ninety-one

Another tin type of a little boy.  Isn't he seated in a fancy chair?  The trim on his dress is wonderful...he even seems to have some sort of sash. He is a beautiful child.
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  1. Such a sweet face. It's amazing that the little toddlers in these old photos sat still for so long and appear calm while getting photographed. Kids today have to have whistles blown and funny faces made for a picture that only takes seconds anymore.

  2. He is really beautiful. Such engaging eyes!

  3. What if he is a she? I can't imagine a boy wearing a dress and button up shoes.

  4. Is it my imagination or did they tint his cheeks pink. I don't know how tin types are done but I guess they can hand paint on them. Neat photo.

  5. Larry, Yes they tinted his cheeks..coloring cheeks was very popular.
    Changes in the wind..all children were dressed very much alike in the late 1800's ..boy and girls were all in dresses because it made diaper changing snaps or velcro closures. I was very happy to learn that boys hair was usually parted on the side and girls down the center as a way of telling them apart:)

  6. The concept of infant sexual identity didn't come into play until the 20th century. Up until the 19th century, children were allowed to simply be themselves until around the age of 5. At that age, boys were breached - given pants instead of dresses - and girls began to be dressed as small women. I don't know the reason for the change in infant sexual identity as we know it today. Perhaps it's machoism?


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