Monday, October 5, 2009

A Little Boy In Curls

It was one of the stranger customs of the second half of the nineteenth century for little boys to be kept in effeminate clothing and long curly hair until they got to be a certain age. It was a big deal for these young boys to get that first hair cut, and move onto more masculine clothing. It's very hard to read from the scan, but stamped on the border, "Durand Wisconsin, and Raitts" Raitts is probably the name of the photo studio where this picture was taken. This is another example of some digital repairs that I had done when I worked at the photo lab. There was a bit of foxing and some other very minor flaws corrected, and then I had a fine black & white negative made, and then I made a conventional print.

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