Little girl in Troy, New York

By: usermattw

Apr 07 2014

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Category: Children


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What it is:

Carte de visite (CDV) measuring just under 2.5 x 4 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer is Schoonmaker of Troy, New York.  There is some penciled writing under the image that is damaged to the point of illegibility, so I don’t know if it would have been helpful to be able to read it.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.



She looks like a doll in her precious dress, dwarfed by the larger furnishings.  Perhaps somebody with more expertise can give an opinion, but I’m guessing this is from around the 1860s-70s.  Does that seem right?


6 comments on “Little girl in Troy, New York”

  1. I guess she’s standing on a low stool, but the effect is almost as if she’s floating in the air. At first glance I wondered if she was a little person rather than a child, but I guess that’s just because of the adult-ish outfit. The pedestal and vase in the background is raised on a block, almost as if the photographer is deliberately making the child look smaller.

    • That crossed my mind, too, wondering if she was a little person rather than a child. I’ve been surprised in the past by how grown-up some of the girls’ dresses were in those days, including things like exposed shoulders that seem inappropriately racy to our modern eyes. I agree the perspective seems deliberate, like the effort was being made to make her seem more delicate.

  2. It’s early 1860’s. I always enjoy when you post a photo! I collect them too!

    Lisa A

    On Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:46:10 +0000 Pics of Then

    • Hi Lisa! Thanks for verifying my guess. Yes, I remember that you collect, too, and that you have a lot of these old CDVs. That must be a fun collection. 🙂

  3. So weird looking — I’m trying to picture this little head over a My Little Pony t-shirt and a pair of jeggings with sneakers and I cannot see it. I haven’t checked back in for a while (neither have you, keep posting!) and these are all fun and mysterious and haunting.

    • Hi Libby! Thanks for visiting again. Yes, I’ve been rather lax lately, but there are still photos to post when I’m back in the mood. I agree, it’s often interesting to try to imagine these vintage people in modern settings and clothing, especially children like this. And you’re right, her face is rather haunting.

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