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Eternal Images: Photographing Childhood

Deceased child, ca. 1855

Deceased child, ca. 1855

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Maine Historical Society

The daguerreotype photograph of this unidentified young child, most likely a member of the Sewall family of York, was taken after her death.

Postmortem photography was common in the mid-19th century. Many of these photographs were in this pose -- the deceased child laid out for pre-burial viewing and prayers.

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