Old things can be really creepy, but not just because they're old. Dark, sheeted figures eerily popping up in the background of antique photographs? Yeah, that's objectively spooky. But back in the day, people did what had to be done... all in the name of saving a few bucks.
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I Don't Give A Sheet
Why 1800s Portrait Photography Features Blanketed Parents
All came down to cost.
Key Facts In This Video
In early photography studios, subjects had to sit for at least half a minute for the photograph to expose. 00:52
In the Victorian era, parents would give children drugs so they would sit still while getting their photo taken. 01:32
Adults would often disguise themselves as drapes or furniture in order to hold infants during Victorian era photography without being seen. 02:25
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