201810 Ghost Mothers: Pop-up Mini Exhibit

201810 Ghost Mothers: Pop-up Mini Exhibit

October 25, 2018

Can you spot the “ghost” mothers in these photos? In this spooky mini-exhibit, discover some of the tricks used by Victorian moms to keep their infants still (and upright) during the often lengthy photographic process.

A pinched head, a woman’s disembodied hand, and suspiciously-placed drapery are all clues pointing to the presence of a mother determined to get the perfect photo of her child. Look for Ghost Mothers hidden in portraits of babies from the museum’s collection.


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