Sunday, July 19, 2009

Staring at the Answers

The question of what you see within a father-son portrait is raised by this week's objet d'eBay, a "cabinet portrait"mounted on a sturdy card probably from the 1890s.

In this case the general demeanor and chin and mouth seem very familiar from pop to poppet, but there are differences to be developed further as the years go on. Perhaps people looked back years from when the picture was taken to remark on how the shape of the head was different, or that the child carried a walking stick while the father sat or how the clothes were formal, but subtly different on both.

What became of the two? How did the differences between father and son manifest? Who knows but the person willing to write a story based on the fiction s/he can find in the picture?

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