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     With a tiny pair of surgical scissors, black-coated paper (used originally to line the inside of-Bible covers), and precise eye-hand coordination, Joy Anne - in two minutes - will freehand cut your Child's silhouette.

     "They don't have to be still"; she reassures an inquiring parent. One person holds the child on their lap and Joy's assistant entertains with books or a pop-up clown.

     "How old do they have to be?" asks a grandmother with visiting grandchildren in tow.

     "I do babies from a couple of months old to octogenarians, any age really." In fact, Joy Anne is doing grandchildren of the children her mother did silhouettes of at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, over 60 years ago. "It's interesting to see the family resemblances," she says.

     "What is the most unusual silhouette you've ever done?"

     "A four month old guinea pig, I'd have to say, or maybe a dearly loved toy rabbit," Joy answered.

     "How did silhouettes get started?" asks a sunburned man in a Wellfleet T-shirt.

     Scissor-cut silhouettes began in France in the 18th century as  as an alternative to oil portraits. Much less expensive than an oil portrait, they were called profiles 'a la Silhouette' after Etienne de Silhouette - the penny pinching finance minister of France. Not until Auguste Edouart traveled to England in the 19th century, and referred to the profiles as ‘silhouettes’ did the term silhouette come into its own. It was no longer a term of derision, but one of description. Edouart, arriving in the United States, cut the likenesses of statesmen, presidents and other notables – many of which hang in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

     Today there are only about twenty-five to thirty professional silhouette artists working in the United States.