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Studio Photographs

Studio photographs

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. 

Studio Photographs