Looking decidedly unhappy with his situation, this young boy appears to be wearing a tiny version of a lieutenant's (or captain's depending on how one interprets his shoulder strap pips
and tunic cuffs
) uniform complete with sword. One might suspect that his rank mirrored that of his father. His hand rests on a bottle of J. T. Morton's Preserved Provisions. While this
ma
y appear to be an early example of so-called "product placement" the bottle was probably being used by the photographer to help keep the child's hand occupied and still during the
photographic session. This problem of photographing a fidgety child is evident in the little soldier's blurred left hand and slightly blurred face.


Carte de Visite
P. Klier - Photographer
Rangoon, British Burmah
c. 1880s