Cupid Awake and Cupid Asleep are the names of the little girl prints by photographer, M.B. Parkinson, who worked in the New York City area during the latter part of the 1800s and early 1900s. His young model, Josephine Anderson, was the daughter of a friend, a single mother who worked and sometimes left her child in Parkinson’s care. Josephine died in the 1970s. The Madonna and Child print is by Partridge copyrighted in 1900.
Parkinson copyrighted his prints in 1897 and they were distributed by Taber-Prang Art Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1908, The Ohio Art Company began selling metal picture frames in which the Cupid prints were displayed; some of them hand tinted. Sold at Kresge’s, Sears, and Woolworth’s, people bought the frames for the pictures. The Cupids were immensely popular and were seen in homes across the country. In 1938, Ohio Art Company bought the copyright from Taber-Prang after their bankruptcy.
This adorable triple framed set is in the original wood-grained metal frames, with glass, each frame measuring 3" in height and 2 1/4" in width. The Parkinson prints are stamped "By M B Parkinson - Copyright 1897". On the Partridge print I can see "1900" with other information hidden by frame. Wonderful vintage condition with no issues. Fabulous miniature size.
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