The Hidden Mother

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Photography buffs may already know about the “hidden mother” in early photographs, but some others may not. Shown are excellent examples of this 19th century phenomenon.
Apparently, most infants during that time were photographed with their mothers holding them. The intended picture was ultimately headed for a frame or mat, so the child would sit in the mothers lap for the photo. When the picture was taken, the mother simply was cropped out to serve as the backdrop.

Here is a suggested cropping, with the mother cropped out. Without a mat, the photos are decidedly creepy:

It's not exactly clear how these were going to be cropped by a mat, but they certainly have a creepy feeling.

“Hidden Mother” tintypes are highly sought after by collectors. I think these images just might be inspiring to haunters as well!

Happy Haunting!

Updated 01-20-2021 at 05:07 PM by JustJimAZ