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Depictions of Youth

Postcards are an excellent method of promoting and expressing certain ideals surrounding youth, particularly babies and infants.  This exhibit will focus on those depictions.  Starting with their birth, children are seen as innocent and good as evidenced by early birth announcements. Portraiture of individual infants were a popular subject for postcards, attempting to show the child at their best (and cutest).  Postcards also reflect how adults (especially parents and other caregivers) interact with the babies in their lives, as well as how children interact with each other. Postcards provide both ideal images of children and their relationships as well as realistic portrayals of them.

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Stephanie Asbaty, Jennifer Gaudreau, Ezekeil Rope, Amber Vann