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.
Parkinson copyrighted his prints in 1897 and they were distributed by Taber-Prang Art Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. Cupid prints sold at Kresge’s, Sears, and Woolworth’s. The Cupids were immensely popular and were seen in homes across the country.
This adorable double framed set is in the original gold leaf wood frame, with glass, measuring 8 7/8"" in length and 6 3/8" in height. The Parkinson prints each measure 3 3/4" in width and 5 3/8". They are both stamped "Cupid Awake" or "Cupid Asleep" and "Copyright 1897 - By M B Parkinson". in height are stamped "By M B Parkinson - Copyright 1897". Wonderful vintage condition with some minor gold wear on the frame.