LITTLE GIRL / STREET URCHIN IN MELROSE, MASSACHUSETTS

Photographer, George Kidder, of the Gem Studio in Melrose, Massachusetts, produced this photograph of a young street urchin. Street urchin is truly a horrid word to describe what appears to be a homeless or poor child residing primarily in the streets of her town or city.  The little girl featured in this cabinet card may be neither homeless or poor but she certainly conveys that impression. She clearly is not dressed in fine or cute clothing like many children who posed for photographers in the cabinet card era. The photograph appears to be taken outside but may have been taken inside a studio. The previous owner of this image labelled the subject of this photograph as “Little Miss Attitude”.  The photographer of this cabinet card, George R. Kidder was found in both the 1870 and 1880 United States Census. He was listed in both censuses as being a photographer and as residing in Watertown, Massachusetts. He was married to Rebecca Kidder and had two daughters. It appears that Kidder was a veteran of the civil war. George R. Kidder was a member of Company I in the 1st Regiment Infantry of the Massachusetts Volunteers. He entered service as a private and left service with the same rank.

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