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Watch the Birdie
Fort Wayne, Indiana

I like this think of this as the ultimate "watch the birdie" cabinet card, c. 1880's. The mount bears the imprint of the "New Hamilton Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, Inciana."

The little brass birdie being held by the young child was a popular photographer's prop at the time period, and most were made in Nagatuck, Connecticut. The little "well" at the bottom held a small amount of water; and squeezing the rubber bulb sent a variable amount of air through the water, and up to the birdie's movable mouth, making it "warble." If the sound didn't capture the child's attention, I guess the photographer had to relinquish the entire bird.

A crisp, wonderful image; if you own one of the little birdies, you're really in luck! $400.00