In 1862, Henry and Lucy Bowen had portrait photographs taken of the
whole family. Lucy is shown here with her youngest son, Franklin Davis
Bowen. Portrait photographs like this one became very popular beginning
in the 1850s. Like today, people visited studios where a professional
photographer had a variety of backdrops and props. The sitter might
choose a particular backdrop or prop to convey a certain image, for
example books on a table could show that the sitter was scholarly.
Franklin was only two years old in 1862. What do you notice about his clothes? At that time little boys and girls both wore dresses and had their hair done in long curls with ribbons.