by Lynn Byrne
What did we do before Instagram and our phone cameras?
Elegant ladies, dandy gents, darling children and family life were all captured in silhouette.
On view at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum until November 18, you can see these and other charming silhouettes from the 19th century. The exhibition presents a compelling and sweet slice of life from that age.
It seems that some are yearning for those simpler times. Contemporary versions of the silhouette are popping up everywhere right now.
(9/15 update: in the Wall Street Journal Off-Duty section (photo by PaulCostello) showing more silhouettes. They are trending!)