These two photos are from my friend P. Bingham, who knows they are some relation, but exactly who is unknown. The first photo, of the duo, is mounted on a black card, but no photographer information was imprinted on the back or front. Black cards were not quite as popular as pink and buff.
The second photo is far more interesting because of the changes from the first to the second, plus the addition of the child. While the first photo looks “fine,” nothing exciting, the second has attitude from the child, the mother looks like she wishes it was over and the grandmother looks as though she is determined for this to be a nice photo whether they like it or not!
Just noting the differences – of course, there is the girl with her smirk. It’s as though she is commenting on having to sit on the floor, horrors! Mother has put on her bonnet, and the chair has been rearranged so she can prop up her arm. Grandmother has also put on her bonnet and also her spectacles. I found that strange. Why have them on in one photo and off in the other?
The deckled edge of the second photo puts this photography session into the 1890s. Again no photographer was identified, making me wonder if these were proofs.
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