babyThis cabinet card features a very beautiful baby wearing a long gown. Her hair is styled beautifully and her eyes are wide open. This sweet baby looks like a doll. She is either wearing flowers on her gown or else someone has placed flowers on her. At first I thought this was a lovely portrait of a baby girl. However, the longer I have owned this image, the more I think that this is a post mortem portrait. The little girl’s expression and the size and placement of the flowers has led me to believe that her poor soul had departed before the photographer took this photograph. This photograph really tugs at my emotions. The image was taken by the Rodgers & Manson studio (Gem Gallery) in Elwood, Indiana.


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  1. I don’t think it’s a post-mortem photograph.
    I would have had a creepy feeling about it which I did not.

    Thanks for posting old pictures.
    You bring those people from the dead.

  2. I don’t think so either. she’s really focused on the camera. There’s life in her eyes. This is a beautiful photograph.

  3. Can anyone tell me the name of this little girl; and how she died?! She looks IDENTICAL to my two year old, it has me freaked out.

  4. Everybody looks like somebody. No need to read anything into the resemblance. I don’t know the girl’s name and doubt its likely anyone can identify her.

    • Obviously everyone looks like someone else. But that is beside the point. I’m sure someone could identify her. There is always a way to date back on someone’s family tree. But I’ll continue to read into this because I’d like to know if my daughter is some how related to her.

  5. Does this have a year? I am from there and my grandma was a Rodgers

    • I wish I had the information that you want, but there is no date written on the reverse of this cabinet card. The US census is on Ancestry and it may help you track down the first name of Mr. Rogers. City directories may also be helpful. If you can learn about the photographer, you may be able to connect him to someone in your family. Let me know if you need assistance once you get started. I would be happy to help you.

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