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Missie Brown and teddy bear, Montreal, QC, 1921
Wm. Notman & Son
1921, 20th century
Silver salts on paper - Gelatin silver process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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This girl was immortalized by one of the photographers from the Wm. Notman & Son studio. Beside her is a stuffed bear, a toy that became enormously popular after it was introduced, early in the 20th century.

Missie Brown was photographed in what appears to be her bedroom or playroom, rather than in the photographer's studio. The improvements in photographic techniques meant that photographers could now get around more easily with their equipment, facilitating their work. Until about 1880, photographers who wanted to take pictures outside of a studio had to carry a lot of heavy equipment. They had to prepare the negative just before taking a photograph and develop it right after. But the invention of gelatin dry plates meant that photographers no longer had to carry a complete laboratory with them, just their cameras.

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