Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm kidswear that looks like hidden mother in Victorian photography.

Morbid kid’s wear: A contemporary spin on hidden mothers and post-mortem photography by Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm

Hidden Mother la tercera madre

More hidden mothers in Victorian photography: post-mortem photographs or not?

Love this sepia photo of a vintage young lady in her room, preparing to go out.

Simply titled "The Woman in the Mirror", this 1900 photograph leaves plenty of room for the curious eyes to wander in to the past.

A portrait from Linda Fregni Nagler's book The Hidden Mother

Early Victorian family portraits and the disappearing mother

The Hidden Mother: preserving baby memories II

Victorian mothers wanting a portrait of their children had to disguise themselves as chairs, couches and curtains to hold them still – Linda Fregni Nagler, The Hidden Mother

Hidden Mothers: Spooky Photographs of Victorian Babies Held by Their Mothers | Bored Panda

Hidden Mothers: Spooky Photographs of Victorian Babies Held by Their Mothers

Hidden Mothers: Spooky Photographs of Victorian Babies Held by Their Mothers | Bored Panda

Ansel Elgort - Photos – Vogue

Ansel Elgort - Photos

Ansel Elgort - Photos – Vogue

FAKE: That the mother was dead. FACT: The "hidden mother" was draped so she could hold and/or keep her kids calm and still. The children's photos would be cropped and matted separately and it was best if "pieces" of mom weren't in the background.

Victorian Death Photos

A Victorian "hidden mother' memento mori / post mortem photo / photograph. In the Victorian Era, women holding infants were often covered; because the photograph is meant to be cropped to show only the infant.

The invisible mother  "Camera shutters used to be verrrry slow so to help young kids stay still during the long exposure, the photographer would have the mother be in the frame but typically covered by a blanket or cloth." Via Jason Kottke http://kottke.org/12/01/the-invisible-mother

The invisible mother ~ This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image. Portraits from Linda Fregni Nagler's book The Hidden Mother

So adorable..

Poppy - editorial from Karen Magazine The flower sparked an interesting idea for decor

Mary in Opulence

Deity halo or just a crown? There aren't enough days in the year that require full costumes. If I was declared an evil goddess, I would change this.

Current Exhibitions - Allen Memorial Art Museum - Oberlin College

Laura Larson is raising funds for Hidden Mother on Kickstarter! A book that presents an account of my daughter’s adoption through an examination of "hidden mother" photographs

The Hidden Mother. Long exposure photography meant mothers would disguise themselves as chairs/curtains in order to hold their kids still.

Invisible women: can you spot the mothers in these photographs?

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