Vivian Buck and foster mother Alice Dobbs in Charlottesville, taken by A.H. Estabrook the day before the Buck v. Bell trial in Virginia

This photograph was taken on the eve of the initial trial of Buck v Bell in Virginia. Mrs. Dobbs appear to be holding a coin believed to be used as a test for alertness or mental acuity. Vivian appears to be looking elsewhere. It may have ben on the strength of this test that Arthur Estabrook concluded that she "showed backwardness."

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  • Source: DNALC.EA