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Gustav Mahler aged 5.

 

1. 1865. Jihlava. The first known photograph of Mahler, age 5 or 6, holding a piece of music. His vivid recollection of the picture-taking session is described as follows: Bursting into tears, the terrified youth refused to be photographed. He was convinced he would he whisked into the camera by the photographer's magic spell and forever stuck to a sheet of cardboard. Only after he watched in awe as the photographer had his own picture taken and survived the experience was the youngster finally persuaded to pose.

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