11 amazing photos of mothers 50 years ago

These touching black and white pictures of mums half a century ago shows the tenderness of motherhood hasn't changed down the years

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Washing, feeding, brushing, kissing and cuddling are just some of the things all of us mums do with their children every day. And an enchanting new set of black-and-white photos – uncovered 50 years after they were taken – show that the most important job in the world hasn’t really changed much in all that time.

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Mind you – as the picture above shows – no matter how good you get at bathing your kids, you may occasionally end up with a foot in your mouth!

The touching photos were recently found in an old box titled ‘Mothers’ that had been in storage. The amazing snaps were taken by 83-year-old photographer Ken Heyman 50 years ago for a Pulitzer-nominated book called Family, which he co-wrote with anthropologist Margaret Mead.

The mothers and children in the pictures were taken in over 60 countries around the world.

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Click through the gallery to see the amazing historical images. They’ve made us feel a bit teary…

Photos: Ken Heyman
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Brushing knots out

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Having a bath

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Pure joy

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Messy dinner time

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