Invisible Mothers in Victorian Photography (via @lisabrowndraws)

This isn't a writing related post, but it's so evocative and bizarre that it serves as a writing prompt:

‘This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image.’

Check out the bizarre images here (takes a while to load): http://www.retronaut.co/2011/10/the-invisible-mother/