Wednesday, December 02, 2009

You Must've Been A Beautiful Baby

Finding Ad Photo:

Since 1999, the orphanages in China are required to run a provincial newspaper advertisement for children that are found and brought to their orphanage. 

We call them "Finding Ads." 

These ads contain information about where and when the children were found and which orphanage is caring for them. 

Originally these were text-only ads, but most provinces now include photographs in their ads. These photographs are usually the earliest available pictures of the children, some from as young as a few weeks old.

The ads are placed in fairly small newspapers (usually police or legal papers) which have very small circulations. Each ad is published only once, and is contained in a group of ads from the same orphanage. Each orphanage publishes ads a few times a year. Since each orphanage publishes ads anywhere from two to six times a year, depending on size, it is possible for up to six months to go by before a found child's ad is published.

This could be the oldest photograph we will have of Chun Tian.

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August 19, 2009
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