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Portrait of Two Young Girls with Doll in Baby Buggy, 1890

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Photograph portrait of two girls with doll in baby buggy in Shendandoah, Iowa.
Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, W.H. Brewer, Shenandoah, 1890


The portrait is of two young girls with doll, covered by a blanket, laying in their baby buggy. The photograph was taken in Shenandoah, Iowa, in 1890. This style of portrait was known as a cabinet card, where photographs are mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard. They were introduced in the 1860s, but their production waned around the turn of the century.

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