Keywords: portrait studio
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Contributed by: Stanley Museum
Date: circa 1882
Media: Black & White Photograph
Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Date: circa 1865
Media: Tintype photograph
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.
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.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.