“Movement of the mother’s head as the image was being captured has obscured her face to the point of her appearing ghostly or phantom-like. The glowing gown and the dark ribbon flowing from behind the child’s head add to the mysteriousness of this photo.” (Source: flickr.com)
This boy named Herre died in 1873 at the age of two years and a half. The photo was found in his father's diary, which mentions the following: "We had one portrait made in his bed after he died by Ephraim. Later he put the head on a portrait of his child, wearing Herre's clothes, which became quite good". A very unusual example of early photoshopping avant la lettre!