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What it is:
Three cabinet cards, each trimmed down to approx. 3.5 x 5 inches.
What I know about it:
Photographer is the Beals New York Art Gallery of Virginia City, Nevada. Otherwise undated and unidentified.
Actually, the photographer’s information on the back of the center one is completely obscured by remnants of whatever it had been mounted to, but it seems fairly obvious that these three photos were taken at the same studio, since the drapery and the chair are the same. There’s a raised quality to the centers of the photos (it looks like ovals or an arch in the scan) that made me assume they were framed, but it may be some trick of assembling the photo with which I’m not familiar. As for these adorable children, I wonder if they are related. The two on the ends look similar enough that they could almost be the same person, thought they’re probably siblings. And the stiff poses of the children and the positioning of the curtain make me assume the two on the ends are being held in place, either by some sort of posing brace, or the hand of a hidden person.