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Pictures from the Gone World: Two Children with Toys

c. 1855 Unidentified Photographer America, 19th century

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  • Sam L. February 1, 2019, 10:35 AM

    The boy has no toy! DISCRIMINATION!!!!1111!!!!

  • ghostsniper February 1, 2019, 11:08 AM

    They look like drugged goblins.

  • JiminAlaska February 1, 2019, 12:14 PM

    Nice window facing the past.

  • Lance de Boyle February 1, 2019, 2:39 PM

    Kid on the right, if a boy, is a mincing fop and a prancing dandy. Probably a creative writing major.

  • ghostsniper February 1, 2019, 2:56 PM

    Hang around this place for awhile and you learn new stuff.
    Like, prancing dandy:

    And mincing fop:

  • Marica February 1, 2019, 3:18 PM

    “Hang around this place for awhile and you learn new stuff.”

    Or more crappy old stuff!

  • Casey Klahn February 1, 2019, 3:50 PM

    To quote my pappy:
    “those are some *%#@ed ugly children.”

  • Snakepit Kansas February 1, 2019, 5:02 PM

    The boy looks like he is propped up comatose. This family had some money. Fancy duds, and showing off toys. Gaudy frame and all.

  • Daniel K Day February 1, 2019, 7:21 PM

    Is this one of those photos they used to take of dead people?

  • Jaynie February 2, 2019, 4:53 AM

    The world has changed so much. The somber faces on those two. As I understand it, childhood was treated entirely differently then than it is in these days. No broad, gaping, grins or inviting head tilts for the camera for them. Interesting.

  • Mary Ann February 2, 2019, 6:35 AM

    @Daniel K Day that was my thought. Post-mortem photography was a fairly common thing back in the day. Sometimes it was the only photograph a family had of the deceased loved one.

  • John the River February 2, 2019, 7:36 AM

    With the required exposure times, the kiddies were clamped (I said ‘clamped’) into place by rods and brackets just out of sight. And threatened with dire punishment if they blinked or twitched when the flash powder exploded, no wait, flash powder was invented in the 1880’s.

    So don’t move children, or else.


  • AesopFan February 2, 2019, 12:45 PM

    My Grandad made us a couple of wagons similar to the one in the photo.
    He put a covered wagon top on them, and carved a mule or horse to pull them.
    PS when I first loaded the post and only saw the top of the boy, I thought HE was the toy.