Sixth plate daguerreotype of a little girl. The photographer used two mats to hide the fact that she was in a tiny coffin, which has been leaned against a chair and supported by a woman, whose hand is visible in the shot.
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1879 CDV photo of four-year-old Charlie (AKA Charley) Ross, “The Stolen Boy”. On July 1, 1874, Charlie was abducted from in front of his home in Germantown, Pennsylvania by two men offering him candy and fireworks. Though the family continued to search for the boy for decades, he was never heard from again. The phrase “Don’t take candy from strangers” is said to have come about from this incident. In this CDV, Charlie is shown surrounded by dark clouds, which were commonly used in memorial photography and paintings; at this point, several years after his abduction, most assumed the worst.
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Close-up of Archive Image #3396, a solar enlargement / crayon portrait of a girl with drawn on eyes.
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One of two post mortem photos of this girl currently in our Archive. The second photo shows her outside of her casket “standing”, and is available to subscribed Thanatos Archive members.
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Woman with her deceased infant, probably taken at the family home immediately before heading to the cemetery (note the waiting car with the open door in the background).
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