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7 vintage baby pictures for International Children's Day

June 1, 2014 /Photography News/ The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland proclaimed June 1st to be the International Children's Day in 1925.

To celebrate the spirit of childhood, here is a small selection of the photographs from the collection of the National Media Museum (UK), that were displayed as part of the exhibition Baby: Picturing the Ideal Human, 1840s to Now.

Courtesy of the National Media Museum


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Woman reads as baby sleeps. Photographic Advertising Limited. Collection of National Media Museum.
Photographic Advertising Limited (1929-1977) created stock advertising images with the potential for selling a range of products. Idyllic household and family scenes were very popular.


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Baby show. Reuben Saidman (1906-1967); Digital positive from glass negative. Collection of National Media Museum.This photograph is from the Daily Herald Archive, held at the National Media Museum. It is a collection of over three million press photographs, dating from c.1911-1970.


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A cabinet card of three children. J E Reeves; Cabinet Card. Collection of National Media Museum.
A woman, probably their mother, can be seen behind them.


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'Mother and Child'. Henry Essenhigh Corke (1883-1919); Autochrome. Collection of National Media Museum.
This is an autochrome - an early colour process which used a glass plate covered in microscopic, red, green and blue grains of potato starch.


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'The Awakening'. Emma Barton (1872-1938); Carbon. Collection of National Media Museum.
Emma Barton received the Royal Photographic Society Medal in 1903 for this photograph.


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'Mother and Child'. Rudolf Dührkoop (1848-1918); Opalotype. Collection of National Media Museum.
This is an opalotype - a photograph on white glass.


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A Maxwell; Carte-de-Visite. Collection of National Media Museum.





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6 comments:

  1. jenn says

    beautiful collection


    Anonymous says

    so cute!!! :-)


    RLB Hartmann says

    I like the photos. Since I have some similar, what is the best route to selling mine?


    pgailey says

    Photo Industry facts:
    1888 Kodak introduced the first consumer camera.  Point and click.
    1994 Apple announced  The first consumer Digital Camera
    1998 86 Billion pictures taken
    2000 The first camera in a phone announced in Japan
    2014 1.25 Trillion photos taken - Wester Digital data


    pgailey says

    With the information in the note above in mind. It is my opinion that Billions if not trillions of hard copy family photos are not being preserved properly. "How To: Organize Your Photos - In 7 Easy Steps" http://amzn.to/1caCJSL


    TJ PHOTO Props says

    So much fun!


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