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I’ve no idea either…

This is a strange little tintype.

Granted she alone looks a little striking but what on earth is going on in the foreground with that drape? Usually this sort of thing is seen with a “hidden mother” plate, where the mum sits hidden whilst holding her child relatively still to enable the exposure to take place for a solo portrait of the child. Whats going on in this image I have no idea at all. Surely not an oversight by the photographer??

Edit: I’ve now seen two other plates similar to this with the drape in a similar position, it must symbolise something surely?…. anyone?



  1. Posted July 9, 2012 at 7:50 AM | #

    It appears that she may be wearing a mourning outfit – the fabric could represent separation/death’s veil? Purely supposition on my part.

  2. Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM | #

    Hi Alex,

    A mourning outfit with white lace trim??
    The whole fabric/drape thing is a slightly cumbersome dont you think? Very weird. And if it was common for a mourning image it would be more common I think.
    Must be some research somewhere on this……

    Hope you are well,

  3. Alex
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM | #

    Yes, a very strange one indeed – I had wondered if this was a transitional dress (one year of black then introducing colour/pattern/detail) but it could just be a standard dress. Either way it is pretty strange. Did you have other examples of this?

    Other thoughts – concealing a disability/referencing an artwork?

    I’m well thanks :)

  4. Posted July 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM | #

    I did find two other examples on ebay but I dont like using other peoples images online without their permission.

    Mostly you see either an empty chair/chair with item on it or someone holding an item in their hands to signify the missing person.

    This just seems…..awkward?

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