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Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Media: Photograph, Cabinet Card
Title: Portrait of Longfellow
Contributed by: Bowdoin College Library
Date: circa 1835
Media: Offset reproduction, black-and-white
Informal family photos often include family pets -- but formal, studio portraits and paintings also often feature one person and one pet, in formal attire and pose.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's popularity in the 19th century is reflected by the number of images of him -- in a variety of media -- that were produced and reproduced, some to go with published works of his, but many to be sold to the public on cards and postcards.
From the earliest days of photography doting parents from across Maine sought to capture images of their young children. The studio photographs often reflect the families' images of themselves and their status or desired status.