Late 1860’s working class little brothers

1860's working class little boys. CDV. Private Collection.

1860’s working class little boys. CDV. Private Collection.

These two seem about the same age but they don’t look like twins, fraternal twins maybe? If you look closely there is a contrast of personality between them. The one to the left looks like he ran everywhere and climbed everything in sight while the other looks more calm and poised. The unbuttoned jacket, the couple of stains on the trousers…the left one looks a bit more shabby than the other one, probably the most terrible of the two whose parents couldn’t keep clean for more than an hour! He has a furrowed brow, probably questioning the photographer’s use of a body stand for him and not his brother!

There’s no expensive furniture on this one, the photographer choosing instead to hang a flowered drape from the ceiling down over a small round table.

Photographer: A. Chapman. Oneonta, N.Y.

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2 responses to “Late 1860’s working class little brothers

  • summertime75

    Judging by the slicked down hair you can imagine the hairbrush and water before hand with threats if they messed their hair up, family photos, I remember them well 😕

    I like the little chap on the left, he does look a little terror with his just fitting jacket. The boy on the right was probably a swot 😆

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