Deceased child, ca. 1855

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Deceased child, ca. 1855

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A daguerreotype image of an unnamed deceased child. The photograph is part of a collection relating to the Sewall family of York.

It was relatively common to photograph deceased children -- the only physical memory parents would have had of their child during an era of high childhood death rates.

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About This Item

  • Title: Deceased child, ca. 1855
  • Creation Date: circa 1855
  • Subject Date: circa 1855
  • State: ME
  • Media: Daguerreotype
  • Local Code: Coll. 2015, Box 1
  • Collection: Sewall family collection
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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