Have you seen those creepy pictures of the 1800's where small children are sitting on the lap of a drape covered Mother? What on earth would possess a parent to have a picture like this in a family album or hanging on the wall?
First off, getting a child to sit still even now is a struggle! Even with the fast exposures we have these days, you will still get a blurry picture, because that sweet child of yours simply can not sit still. Imagine the frustration of a parent of the 19th century, who just wants a picture of their child, or children, who HAVE to sit very still for a longer period of time! Probably is not going to happen LOL
The answer? For many it was throwing a blanket over the head of Dear Ole Mom so the focus would be completely on little Sally or Sam. Thus, those weird creepy ole pictures you see cropping up from time to time.
I much prefer this one
And on that note, I wish you a wonderful day, and remember to smile!