Girl with an ornamental rail

By: usermattw

Jan 24 2016

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Category: Children


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What it is:

Photo, probably a cabinet card, trimmed down to about 3.5 x 5 inches.


What I know about it:

Undated and unidentified, but see below.



I don’t recall seeing this sort of ornamental railing or partition used in a photo before.  In fact, I’m not even sure what to call it.  Are any of you familiar with it?  As for the origin of this photo, I can tell you it was purchased on eBay together with the photos shows here.   The other three photos clearly belong together, but this one isn’t such an obvious match.  The setting is different, the child looks different, and while the others have a matching sepia tone and that weird oval imprint, this one is more blue-gray, and smooth.  Nevertheless, they are all trimmed to roughly the same size, and they have similar traces (including tape) of having been mounted to something.  Perhaps this girl is one of the others at a different time and place?  There is a slight resemblance, after all.  Or perhaps photos of far-flung grandchildren were collected and mounted in the same way by the same grandparent?  Perhaps it’s just a coincidence?  I’ll probably never know, but it’s fun to speculate.

4 comments on “Girl with an ornamental rail”

  1. Back in the day, perfect prop for the girl to hang onto, be still and wait out a slow exposure. So interesting! Very classic shot, thanks for posting!

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, I agree, it would certainly be more comfortable than being strapped to a posing stand. I just couldn’t figure out if it was intended to be the studio version of some everyday object (like a fence, or a fireplace screen), or if it was an accepted studio convention of the day.

  2. For some reason, I reaaaally like this one. The girl looks so spirited. I haven’t seen that as a “convention” either.

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