This is a CdV or Cartes-de-visite, it is a small card, 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches. This photo was probably taken by Austin H. Wildman..he was a photographer in the 1880 's in Monticello, Illinois. He was a Civil War Veteran who suffered some hearing loss. He was born in 1844 and died in 1923. He had two children William T who was 12 in the 1880 census and Maude who was 14. He had two wives, Hannah and Margaret.
Since this is forgotten old photos..we don't know who the child in this photo is. If we are to follow the hair rules..a part on the side would indicate a boy. This must have been a special chair in which children were photographed. This small child has bracelets on both arms and is holding a bell. I will guess that this photo is from the 1880's.
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