‘Baby in a Basin’ by William Warren 1875.

A number of years ago, I came across a copy of this carte de visite (CDV) photograph, copyrighted 1875 by the photographer William Shaw Warren of Boston.
It is without doubt the source image for a trade card design issued by Pond’s Extract, a patent medicine of the day.
Quite possibly the photograph was commissioned by The Pond’s Extract Company specifically to create their pond-pun trade card image.
The trade card can be found in a number of slight variations.


This one was printed by Mayer, Merkel & Ottman of New York City.


This one, in color, was produced by the firm of A.J. Maerz of Brooklyn.
Continue reading at Dick Sheaff’s wonderful blog via Baby in a Basin | Sheaff : ephemera

‘At World’s End’ photo by Alessandra Meniconzi.

 ‘At World’s End’ Image Credit: Photograph by Alessandra Meniconzi.
Every year, the Siena International Photo Awards share the best images of the most beautiful and unique places, people, and events on Earth.
The pictures are submitted by some amazing photographers from around the globe who want to share how they see and perceive the world.
The images are placed under fitting categories and the winners for each topic are chosen.
The categories include Journeys & Adventures, Fascinating Faces And Characters, Fragile Ice, General Monochrome and others.
See more wonderful images via The Best Pictures Of 2017 Siena International Photo Awards Have Been Announced, And They’re Truly Powerful | Bored Panda

Creative Mum designs Napkins for her two Sons.

Brooklyn-based sculptor Nina Levy started drawing on her sons’ lunch napkins and unwittingly touched off an adorable ritual that would span years.
Levy has been sending her children, 12-year-old Archer and 8-year-old Ansel, to school with amazingly detailed napkins for the past eight years.
She started the ritual in 2006 as a fun way to send Archer off to prekindergarten each morning. She would stay up in the evenings after the boys went to bed dreaming up and sketching the designs.
At first, she drew on plain, white napkin squares with bold, black Sharpie lines. When she started painting the outlines with watercolors, a whole new level of detailed creativity emerged. In the last eight years,
Levy guesses she’s spruced up more than 2,000 napkins for her. In 2012, she told the New York Times that she hadn’t missed a lunch yet.
When Levy first started making napkin art, her children used the napkins to wipe sticky fingers and clean up the remnants of a messy lunch — but not anymore.
They’ve become more of a collectible item, a symbol that Mom cares and is also cool. As far as subject matter, Levy says she tries to pull from things her sons are interested in and things they’re learning about at school.
Often, this results in amusing combinations of pop-culture characters and references.
The artist spends one to two hours creating the napkins per night. She has embraced this fantastic streak of creating inventive, kid-friendly art as part of her craft as well as an extension of a mother’s love.
“I view [the napkins] as a sort of compulsory nightly drawing practice, an enforced pop culture update, and, in my most pretentious moments, a form of sustained performance art,” she says.
via Creative Mom Paints Fantastic Designs on Her Sons’ Lunch Napkins for Past 8 Years – My Modern Met.

Creepy Old Ads with Children.


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, kids were used to promote cigarettes, firearms, drugs and much more.
Many of the ads — which feature things like cellophane-wrapped infants and gun-toting toddlers — seem irresponsible and creepy.
Read on and see more via vintage everyday: Creepy Vintage Ads Featuring Children.

Children dreaming of a Seat at the Silvan-Drew Circus, Mississippi 1931.


A small number of young children gather to read a Silvan-Drew Circus billboard in 1931.
Let’s hope their dreams of a ticket to the Circus came true.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jacob J. Gayer, National Geographic Creative
Source: National Geographic Found

Young Esme’s Anti-Littering Message in Germantown.

Germantown Friends School second grader Esme Fa Harrison helps install her artwork at the corner of Germantown Ave. and W. Coulter St.
by Brian Hickey
Esme Fa Harrison, an adorably introspective Germantown Friends School second grader, just saw a picture she’d drawn last year become a work of “street art” outside her school.
via Second Grader’s Drawing Becomes Anti-Littering ‘Street Art’ in Germantown | NBC 10 Philadelphia.