Believe it or not, these children are probably a lot happier than they look. Due to the slow exposure speeds of early cameras, it was common to have the person sitting for the picture pose with a serious face. Evidently it is easier to hold a pose with a serious face easier than a smiling face. Sadly, this sort of image has added to the common understanding of the Victorians as a rather joyless lot. The exception to the dour faces is the young gentleman in the image titled "Bert and Co". I am not sure if you could find a better smile if you were looking for one. The little girl who seems to be relieving some sort of nasal issue in the top image provides another hint that Victorian era children were more than grim faces. For those interested in historic costumes, it is worth noting the clothing worn by the little boy standing beside her.
Today's post is the second part of a collection of images of local children from the late Victorian period. These images come from the Perkins collection held by the Annapolis Heritage Society Archives. These images would have been taken between 1895 and 1905.
All for now,