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J.T. Parker (Ft. Scott, Kansas) 
Post-mortem portrait of William Eugene Elder 
Carte de visite 
Private collection 
William Eugene Elder, a little boy who died of congestion of the brain on October 30, 1868. This image was taken by J. T. Parker of Ft. Scott, Kansas on November 1, 1868 -- 27 hours after the boy's death. You can almost feel the grief of the father, William G. Elder (a physician), who wrote details about his son's illness and death on the image. "The specks on his face were made by his own finger nails during his intence [sic] suffering...He was the best boy-gifted-agreeable-& of the sweetest most heavenly disposition that I ever knew. He was snatched from me when least looking for it." [Digital image provided by Joan Hostetler, anonymous owner] 

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