Interesting early photos.
Exposure time was around 30 seconds. This means that, for a clear portrait photo, babies had to sit still half a minute—basically an impossible task. So, moms stepped in ... sort of. Hidden with blankets, curtains and the like, moms held their babes in place ...
|Valley by the light of a blue moon by cjf2|
from Down in the Valley
|Lake Erie Stone Pier by yobbyt|
from Dock or Pier