A summer idyll, interrupted

We can see from this scene that parents have overreacted to teenage behavior since at least the 1850s.  A girl and a boy lounge in the grass.  A basket of wildflowers lies at the girl's feet.  The boy innocently offers her a small bouquet.  Meanwhile, the girl's father discovers them and charges through the bushes... Continue Reading →

Swedish secrets

This carte-de-visite was made by Jacob Lundbergh (1828-1904) in Stockholm.  According to his Swedish Wikipedia page, he worked as a professional photographer for eleven years (1861-1872), becoming famous for his portraits of actors, singers and other cultural figures.  His brother, Bernhard Lundbergh, was an opera singer with the Royal Theater.

Bedtime

"Now I lay me down to sleep" Stereoviews often portrayed scenes of domestic life, with people in costumes and staged settings.  Such narrative scenes were generally meant to entertain or amuse.  Some, especially the ones with children, were designed to touch a sentimental chord in the viewer.  The subject of children saying bedtime prayers was... Continue Reading →

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