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Eirik Stigar Urrgh. Looks like one of those post-mortem photographs.
Ken Flippo I'm sure that there was no mistake made with the name and sex of the child BUT this looks too much like a young boy and it was very common in the last half of the 19th century for young boys to wear dresses until they were 5 or 6 years of age. Then they wore short pants or knee britches until the teenage years when they began to wear long pants called trousers. This is where the expression " I'm a big boy now, I even wear long pants" and "he's too big for his britches" meaning he's trying to act grown up.
Karen Weir pretty sure it is a boy. Adorable picture
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Doris Kowalczyk These people in the old photos must have had maids to take care of the fancy , pretty clothes or the lady of the house had to spend hours washing and ironing, no machines to wash nothing was wrinkle free and the cast iron irons had to be heated on tho woodburning stove.
Carolyn Huffman That "lump" that little Viola May is sitting upon is really her mother, with a blanket over her head, holding the baby. Most baby photos were taken that way if they only wanted the photograph to be of the baby. It could be that her mother just tickled her or said something to make her react just as the photographer snapped the pic. By 1892, the length of time required to hold still to obtain a sharp image had sped up considerably. Earlier photos of babies (unless they were post-mortems) often show them blurred because they're constantly moving.