Strange Vintage Photos Of Children With Hidden Mothers



The old timey photos in this series all have one eerie quality in common-the mother's identity has been concealed. Whether with shroud, or by simply scraping the face away, erasing their identity seems like an odd thing to do when they're posed for a picture with their children.

Maybe they were having a bad hair day, or woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but isn't wearing a shroud over your head at a photo shoot an extreme reaction to not looking your best? If anybody has any insight into this strange trend in portraiture, please share! Otherwise, enjoy taking a look back at when people were really weird about having their picture taken.

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In some of these situations the intention was for the child's face to be centered in a locket or in an otherwise masked/matted frame. The child's holder's hood and clothing become the background of the photo. I don't believe we were ever intended to see the photos as whole compositions.
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