Most of the images in the Myanmar Photo Archive come from antiques dealers and traders who clear out old houses. Without their help, the archive would never be so diverse and rich in historical content including rarely seen personal images from colonial times. This image, from 1909, was taken in one of the first fully Burmese-run photo studios in Yangon and is culturally interesting in many ways. The print still bears some traces of the photo hand-coloring technique on the little girl’s dress and the ribbon in her hair. The older woman in the photo wears traditional Burmese dress, while the young girl is dressed in the colonial English-style, with stockings, shoes, and short sleeves. And the image shows a painted backdrop representing the interior of a large house or living room – a style introduced by colonial photographers and widely used during that time throughout the world. The practice of using painted backdrops disappeared in Myanmar soon after independence in the 1950s.