Posted 9 years ago
This recently purchased ambrotype shows a grieving mother gently holding her recently deceased child for what was most likely the child's only photograph.
The ambrotype dates from about 1855 and is still sealed.
The general dark appearance of the ambrotype reinforces the sadness of the scene.
The close up of the child shows obvious indications of a PM.
Sadly this was a very common occurrence in the 19th century.
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