Brass Photo Birdie (Ca. 1890)

Long before Ritalin and stun guns there was “ the birdie”…

If you’re a parent you probably know exactly how hard it is to get and maintain the attention of toddlers and smaller children… no easy task that’s for certain. Now put yourself in the shoes of a 19th Century professional photographer and imagine how tough things could be to get a child to sit still, or as they say, sit and “watch the birdie”…. for those wondering where the expression “watch the birdie” comes from look no further than this little guy right here – his claim to fame is that he is one of those little birdies that kids were commanded to watch during photo shoots – made of pure brass, this little fellow comes with moveable parts (tail and beak) and a whistle.

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