Most of us have seen the Cupid Awake and Cupid Asleep framed photos somewhere. I just saw one hanging on the wall of a person featured in a "Hoarders" episode recently. Naturally, there's a little story behind the photos and prints....
M. B. Parkinson, a man who worked in the New York City area in the late 1800's to early 1900's was the original photographer and Josephine Anderson was the cherubic model who lived in Parkinson's neighborhood and became his muse. Josephine's mother wasn't married and she would leave her daughter with Parkinson while she was at work. Parkinson became her babysitter/photographer, which sounds a little creepy to me, but I'm a suspicious person by nature.
The Cupid Awake and Cupid Asleep sepia photos were so popular, over 50 million prints of the original photos were produced in the early 1900s by Taber-Prang, then the Ohio Art Company, the same Ohio Art Company that produced many popular tin toys. Many of the photos were framed in pressed tin frames with faux wood grain like my examples (below):
The Cupid pictures weren't sold as fine art. They were sold at Woolworth's, Sear's and Kresge's for a nickle or a dime as affordable art.