Pronounced by Leading Photographers the most ingenious time, labor and plate saving device ever invented. It is simple, inexpensive, and with ordinary care will last a lifetime.
The child is always in focus.
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The Holder is invisible when in use.
It can be used with any furniture or accessory.
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The child is supported in a comfortable manner.
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It hold twins.
It lasts a lifetime.
Any background can be used.
It hold the drapery in position.
It is adapted for standing positions.
It hold children up to six year old.
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Wilson's Photographic Magazine, 1908.
Pohle's Baby Holder
"Fred Pohle, of Buffalo, showed an improvement on his invisible baby holder. His instrument fits round the body of the baby and holds it as the mother would hold her baby. It holds the child in a standing or sitting position on any kind of furniture or studio accessory", and is adjustable to any size child from two weeks old to six years.
It is a very neat little device, folding up into small space. In use it is not visible, as the baby's dress can be dropped, over the entire apparatus. It does not disfigure furniture in any way, as it is attached to a chair, for instance, by means of a thumb-screw fitting into a small female screw sunk flush in the chair. The saving in plates effected by its use will pay for one in about a month, as Mr. Pohle has figured out. Two or more can be used for group pictures." Wilson's Photographic Magazine, 1908.
"Our compliments to Mr. Pohle for his novel and fetching idea of utilizing colored infants with which to demonstrate his "Invisible BabyHolder." The results were convincing. "Oh no! Not ours!" protested Mrs. Pohle, laughingly — an unnecessary denial, for the mother of the little pickaninny sat close by." Photo-Era Magazine, 1908.
Ouch! Where's A Hidden Mother When You Need One?
Pickaninny (also picaninny or piccaninny) is a term – generally considered derogatory – that in the English language usage refers to black children, or a caricature of them which is widely considered racist. It is a pidgin word form, which may be derived from the Portuguese pequenino (an affectionate term derived from pequeno ("little"). In the Southern United States, pickaninny was long used to refer to the children of African slaves or (later) of African American citizens.
As the term was used by the Wilson's Photographic Magazine of Boston in 1908, I'd say this wasn't confined to the South.
Wilson's Photographic Magazine. New York : Edward L. Wilson, 1908.
Photo-Era, Volume 21. Photographers' Club of New England, Valley Camera Club. Boston : Wilfred A. French, 1908.
Baby, Cabinet Card. ca. 1908. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2009.
Hidden Mother, Digital Image. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2009. Original image sold on eBay. Efforts to find the owner to request permission have failed. I am asserting fair use in the demonstration between the apparatus and a hidden mother.