Baby with an Almost Hidden Mother - Tintype
I am in love with this tintype! Don't worry my husband loves it too so he is not jealous. A sweet baby with pink tinted cheeks sits on the lap of a young woman. A drape hangs behind the baby that may have been intended to hide her but a sliver of her profile is seen on the right side. A paper sleeve or album page would have hidden her but I am so pleased that she snuck into the frame.
Carte de visite by Deck & Happersett of Kenton, Ohio. A child sits in a high chair supported by a woman hidden by a decorative cloth backdrop, her dress just visible behind the lower legs of the chair. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission.
"Hidden mother", or "ghost" tintype. Mom hides under the blanket in an attempt to put a nervous or unruly child at ease, and the end result is usually good for a laugh.
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Old portraits of children with creepy 'ghostmothers' in the background show how far mums would go for a good photo
Various 1800s portraits include 'ghostmothers', which is the name given to the mothers who tried to hide themselves in the portrait as they sat there with their child during the session.
More hidden mothers in Victorian photography
As I mentioned in the original post on Hidden mothers in Victorian portraits, in 19th century photographs of children you can sometimes spot a mother hiding behind a chair or underneath a decorative throw, ostensibly trying to hold their squirmy children still during the long exposure times of the camera. (You can see the original…
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