Sweet antique baby portraits: 24 cute cabinet card photos of baby boys & girls in the 1800s

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Sweet antique baby portraits

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Take a look back at these adorable antique baby portraits from the 1800s, captured in these pictures on cabinet cards, cartes des visite, and other antique photographic prints from long ago.

These old posed professional photos were very expensive at the time, and would often be the only such image of a child that a family might have.

Very old portrait photography: A baby in 1855

Very old picture of a baby girl in a dress (1855)


Antique baby portrait: From Indiana

Antique baby portraits from Indiana


An intense little baby in a portrait from Fitchburg, Mass. (c1870s)

An intense little baby sitting for a portrait in Fitchburg, Mass (c1870s)


Sweet African American baby in a christening gown (c1899)

African American baby in a christening gown, from the WEB Du Bois collection (c1899)


Antique portrait of a cute baby in christening gown (c1890s)

It looks like mom was hiding behind the scenes — and was laughing!

Antique photo of baby in christening gown with parent hiding behind (c1890s)


New Jersey babies in the house (c1880s)

Antique portrait of a New Jersey baby c1880s


Antique portrait of baby C. Fleming Jr in the 1890s

Antique portrait of baby C. Fleming Jr in the 1890s


A smiley Native American baby in a cradleboard (c1899)

Photo by Frances B Johnston

Native American baby in cradleboard c1899 - Photo by Frances B Johnston


African American infant, seated in a chair

African American infant, seated in chair - Photo from the WEB Du Bois collection (c1899)

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Antique portrait of a baby girl in the 1860s

Antique portrait of a baby girl in the 1860s


Antique baby portraits: Photo with a parent hiding under the cover

Antique baby portraits with a parent hiding under the cover


Antique photos of babies: A sweet face from old North Dakota

Antique baby portraits from North Dakota


Antique baby portrait (c1870)

Antique baby portrait (c1870)
Portrait courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum (c1870 – Hand-coloring on original)

Baby boy in a long white gown

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Antique cabinet card portrait of a baby

Photographer: W A Flower, Perry, Oklahoma

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Kansas antique cabinet card portrait of a startled baby

Dewey & Dewey, Manhattan, Kansas

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Photo thanks to ksunshine


Antique baby portraiture with a parent hiding under the cover

Antique baby portraits from Oakland, California


Chubby, cherubic little baby – antique cabinet card

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Photo thanks to bandj.images


Little girl in a white dress on a wicker chair

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Little dark-haired baby all in white

Gramm – Mt Horeb, Wisconsin

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Portrait thanks to shananigans68


Young child with curls in her hair

Sheets and Armstrong, 412 Main Street, Wellsville, Ohio

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Photo courtesy columbiatique


Dark haired infant in a long white (Christening?) dress

Photographer CR Baker, Detroit, Michigan

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Photo courtesy eau-n-sophie


Bald baby in a padded chair – vintage cabinet card photograph

Photographer E A Thatcher, Tipton, Indiana

Antique cabinet card portrait of a baby (2)


Baby in a chair, wearing a lacy white gown

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Photo thanks to rare_attic_treasures


A little cutie pie in a lacy white dress

Antique cabinet card portrait of a baby (1)

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