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The Little Drummer Boys

Aren’t they just cute as buttons? These twins dressed up in full military regalia for their portrait, complete with striped stockings, lace cuffs, and pointy helmets. Although this is a popular picture, I can’t find out anything about these particular twins, or how old the picture is. Did their family have military uniforms made just for the portrait? Or did they have the uniforms and drums for make-believe play? Was this common for upper-class families? Or were the two boys circus performers? It’s possible; another picture in the collection shows young twin trapeze artists. See 23 Victorian and Edwardian portraits of twins at Vintage Everyday. -via Everlasting Blort


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Time should be around 1910. At least in Germany, it was quite usual to take photos of kids in fancy disguises. I have a photo from that very same time showing my grandfather and his sister in some folkloristic attire (as gipsies?), another with him as a little sailor on a fake boat coulisse.
I think photographers had a great collection of requisites to concurr on the fanciest kid pics. The trapeze artist photo is probably also a make-up, unless it shows the twins actually performing acrobatics.
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