Have you ever had difficulties trying to get a baby to sit down and pose for a picture? It’s a huge headache now, but it was even harder for mothers in the Victorian era, when camera technology made posing for photographs difficult. These weird photos will show you how these mothers got their kids to calm down to get their pictures taken. [Read more...]

Early pioneering photographers in the late 1820s had to wait hours for camera exposures.  Even though exposure times had been drastically cut down to about 30 seconds by Victorian times, mothers still had to go to very strange and creepy-looking measures to get their children to sit still for a photo. Babies had to be held by their mothers who, with the best of intentions, hid themselves in quite peculiar and creepy ways so they could calm their child and also stay out of the shot. What‘s even more spine-chilling is the fact that mothers sometimes also did this to hold up their dead children for final portraits before being buried.

Check out how these creepy and sometimes horrified children look when held by their Boogeyman ancestors.

Source: The Hidden Mothers (via: Retronaut, The Hidden Mother flickr group, 22words)