In early Victorian photographs for formal baby photos, the mother would hide under a blanket or rug and hold her baby still for the photographer. The first photographic images in the late 1820s had to be exposed for hours in order to capture them on film. Improvements in the technology led to this exposure time being drastically cut down to minutes, then seconds. So, throughout the 19th century, trying to remain perfectly still while their photograph was being taken - seems children were just as squirmy then as they are today - hidden mothers trying to keep their little ones still enough for a non-blurry picture. Do you have such pictures in your family?
The Hidden Mother fond via www.retronaut.co