Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Hidden" mothers

Shown on the "Hidden Mothers" Flicker group and on How to Be a Retronaut are these oddball studio photographs from days of yore. To keep their progeny steady and secure during the long process (slow shutter speeds), the maters would secure themselves under draperies, with results so ungainly that one wonders why the subterfuge was preferable to just having ma in the shot!



Hundreds of fascinating vintage photos are also collected in Working Stiffs: Occupational Portraits in the Age of Tintypes and America and the Tintype. An affordable alternative to the daguerreotype and the albumen print, these unique images were the 19th century's Polaroids.

7 comments:

  1. Absolutely love these! Inadvertently the creepiest things I've seen in a long time. There's something so unsettling and gorgeous about them. Good find!

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  2. These are very creepy and yet I can't look away!

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  3. The hidden mothers are hilarious! And yet, perhaps a good idea...

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  4. These photo's remind me of the opening sequence of American Horror Story.

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  5. Photography has certainly come a long way! This was interesting to see and definitely provides a bit of insight into a moment in time.

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  6. Creepy, but interesting!

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  7. I think the consensus is that they're creepy! I agree :) I just don't get why they agreed to be obliterated--blotted out--when they gave birth to these kids! There's something too horribly metaphorical about it.

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