Good Goth! The Hidden Mothers

Nineteenth-century photographers found that by placing a baby’s or tot’s mother in the background of a photo, concealed under a camouflaging cloth, the child being photographed was more likely to sit still and less likely to fret and fidget and cry for mama. They called the practice “The Hidden Mother.” But in the resulting photograph, she usually looked about as hidden as a woman hiding under a sheet, and today the photos have a creepy gothic-horror effect. Which we like. (More at geneparade; t/y Louis)

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