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Posted 5 years ago


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This image is defined by the cane in the seated boy's hand. His brother has attended first communion - about age 8 - and the family has had a photographer take an image of the two brothers for the event. There is lots of interesting context in the photo - the tea rose, the pointy toed, lace-up shoes, the table. But the really noticeable thing is the sturdiness of the standing boy and the apparent frailty of the seated boy. The seated boy is wearing an amazing shirt with hand done cutwork on the frilly cuffs, collar and shirt front, while the other boy wears a simple collarless shirt. Why is this? Notice that the seated boy's legs appear thin and his whole lower body seems small and out of proportion compared to his upper torso. Maybe he is the older boy? This photo is about 1890 by the fashion. The family, a French one from Montreal, is affluent, as evidenced by the tea rose in bloom. The time is June. Perhaps this photo is also to celebrate the survival of the seated boy from polio. This was a rampant disease at this time and there was no treatment. Many died from polio. Those that survived were frail and crippled for life. What is he thinking, the seated boy, that he looks so whistfully at the camera. I find this image poignant, No matter how affluent the family, there was no refuge from polio.


  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    I'll bet these are your "rogues" in their youth.LOL
  2. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    Lol Blunderbuss2 - could very well be! And now I stand in awe of your imagination!
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    I was certain they looked familiar! That's Frank & Jesse!
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Phil, please don't tell me these young tykes are the ones who introduced Bill 101!!
  5. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    These boys are wearing same curled pointed shoes as the priest on other photo ? I never saw these types of shoes except on elves . I need to look them up
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Mani, those are for climbing chain-link fences.
  7. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Blunder LOL your funny . Love it .My question is do you know this because you tried it :-)
  8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Just know thru observation Mani. Used to think they were for killing roaches in corners.
  9. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    LOL Blunder that got me laughing out loud , Better carry your Blunder with you just in case they invade your house ! Dirty little critters hope to never see one
  10. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    For PhilDavidAlexanderMorris - the photographer is French - Archambeault
  11. musikchoo musikchoo, 5 years ago
    I believe the seated boy has a deformed Left hand. Has anyone else noticed this, or is it my imagination.
  12. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Musik his hand is deformed and his body . He has some type of birth defect :-(
    He uses cane also .
  13. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    Good eye Mani - I also thought he might have a deformed hand but want not sure. You can see that part of the hand is between his knees and what is showing is the thumb but it looks peculiar - you cannot see the whole hand.
  14. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    antiquar . He actually look older than boy standing . I believe he has more wrong with him than just his hand . :-( His head almost appears large like in hydrocephalus.

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