Donald Cameron Beidler Photo Sweetest Curls Angel Baby Vintage Photograph

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Donald Cameron Beidler Photo Sweetest Curls Angel Baby Vintage Photograph

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$45.00

Rare find — there's only 1 of these in stock.

Item details

Vintage from the 1920s

Materials

photo paper, card stock folder

Dimensions

Height: 8 Inches; Width: 10 Inches

Exquisite portrait of an unidentified, beautiful little girl by Donald Cameron Beidler. Beidler (1885-1943) was a well-known photographer of the rich and famous - especially of their children - in Chicago and later in New York. A native of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Beidler was the grandson of Mt. Pulaski's founder Jabez Capps. He was also an inventor of a special motor-driven children's portrait twin camera design in the 1930s, the Beidler-Viken. This photo was taken at his studio in Chicago (Lyon & Healy Bldg, 64 E Jackson Blvd.) circa 1920. He later opened a studio in Manhasset, Long Island, NY. In 1942, he visited J. Pierpont Morgan's palatial home to photograph the refugee English children living there.

(much of this history found here: http://mon.stparchive.com/Archive/MON/MON07131961P11.php)

Photo is 10 x 8 inches and held in a wood-grain cardstock folder, embossed with photographer's info. Photo is in very good vintage condition. Folder has some wear, soiling, scuffing.

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While my home is smoke & pet free, please remember that the items I sell lived somewhere else for many years before they came home with me!

Some thoughts about Post Mortem Photography:
Post mortem images are difficult for most of us to look at, and today are often seen as macabre. This is the reason for the warning photo I often insert as the first image in a listing. However, in the late 19th & early 20th century people were, if not less afraid of death than we are now, then at least more accustomed to it. In Victorian and early Edwardian times the infant mortality rate was high and life expectancy in general was far shorter than it is today. Photographs were expensive, and mostly reserved for special occasions. In many cases, no photograph of a loved one (especially a child) existed before they died, so having a portrait made after death was a way to hold onto a visual remembrance of them. Even a sad memory was better than no memory at all.

By the early 20th century mortality rates began to lessen. Many people could afford their own cameras and were able to photograph family members while alive. Having portraits of the living made post mortem portraits unnecessary, and they became less and less desirable.

And as for the collectors of post mortem photography, I like the description Ransom Riggs gives in his magazine, mental_floss: "The taboos of sex and death switched places in the last hundred years. The Victorians would’ve been shocked at the erotic images you find everywhere in the 21st century, but didn’t flinch when it came to making images of their dead loved ones. I’d like to think that the people who collect those photos are just as interested in this lost way of life — or rather, way of death; a set of rituals that now seem alien to us — as they are in the gruesome ghost babies themselves." (www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/83929)

Today most large hospital neo-natal intensive care units will offer to take a picture of parents holding their deceased infant. Some professional photographers even donate their time to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, which helps grieving parents through the loss of their stillborn or infant children by giving the gift of professional portraiture.
While my home is smoke & pet free, please remember that the items I sell lived somewhere else for many years before they came home with me!

Some thoughts about Post Mortem Photography:
Post mortem images are difficult for most of us to look at, and today are often seen as macabre. This is the reason for the warning photo I often insert as the first image in a listing. However, in the late 19th & early 20th century people were, if not less afraid of death than we are now, then at least more accustomed to it. In Victorian and early Edwardian times the infant mortality rate was high and life expectancy in general was far shorter than it is today. Photographs were expensive, and mostly reserved for special occasions. In many cases, no photograph of a loved one (especially a child) existed before they died, so having a portrait made after death was a way to hold onto a visual remembrance of them. Even a sad memory was better than no memory at all.

By the early 20th century mortality rates began to lessen. Many people could afford their own cameras and were able to photograph family members while alive. Having portraits of the living made post mortem portraits unnecessary, and they became less and less desirable.

And as for the collectors of post mortem photography, I like the description Ransom Riggs gives in his magazine, mental_floss: "The taboos of sex and death switched places in the last hundred years. The Victorians would’ve been shocked at the erotic images you find everywhere in the 21st century, but didn’t flinch when it came to making images of their dead loved ones. I’d like to think that the people who collect those photos are just as interested in this lost way of life — or rather, way of death; a set of rituals that now seem alien to us — as they are in the gruesome ghost babies themselves." (www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/83929)

Today most large hospital neo-natal intensive care units will offer to take a picture of parents holding their deceased infant. Some professional photographers even donate their time to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, which helps grieving parents through the loss of their stillborn or infant children by giving the gift of professional portraiture.