Kids

Kids

Photographs of children are made with a multitude of motives and these postcards, selected from the big collection I have formed, illustrate most of them. Straightforward-seeming portraits for parents, kinsfolk and friends are usually designed to give a good impression of the child’s character and best presentation of physical features; they might include pets, toys, vehicles.

However, roving postcard makers seek striking scenes where children are the actors or audience. Institutions that dole out welfare want to publish their own successful shelterings, or alternatively the misery from which kids need rescuing. Hence we have urchins defiantly happy for one publisher and beggars, orphans, wretched war survivors and child labourers for another.

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