Awkwardian Era

May 3rd, 2009

Awkwardian Era - Black And White

Yep, even old-timey folks did it.

(submitted by Jeff)

415 Responses to “Awkwardian Era”

  1. hayette says:

    Those people died on the TITANIC

  2. Bklyn says:

    “Lucy says:
    September 25, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    The one smack dab in the middle looks like trouble.”

    LOL – I totally agree

    About the youngest… If it had been a girl it would’ve made a funnier picture.
    It’s a boy. Early 1900s. And by the way, that’s not only NOT a dress that’s actually ‘boys clothes’ see the belt? Aside from the shirt like quality of the sleeves and cut, a girl would have a higher sash more around her waist usually tied as a bow in the back. The ‘dress’ itself would be prettier and more feminine in appearance. Also the child has on boy’s shoes. It’s actually an outfit of the well-to-do and would even do for older boys.
    A younger and poor child would have something like a long shirt or modern day night gown (for the diapers thing) and would get new ‘pieces’ added on the hem as they grew. And yes ‘steps and stairs’ is a really a phrase from when they had large families like that.
    How do I know? Buster Brown
    Great Photo – I wonder if their descendants are as awkward?
    Also if that middle boy ended up in prison or congress.

    • perales says:

      lol whats the dif prison or congress ;P

      • MS says:

        Surprised and disappointed to see this cherished family photo on this “awkward” site (family member pointed it out to me). You are right, youngest in this photo IS a boy who sadly died at age 9 due to cancer. Happily a girl was added to the family a few years later. Wonderful, loving family. Nothing awkward about them or their descendants. The one with the ‘big ears’ that some think is funny is my husband’s grandfather. And no he didn’t end up in prison or in congress. He was a farmer and a Sheriff. Very happy to have this photo in our family collection despite the negative comments.

        • DD says:

          I think you’re taking it a bit too seriously. I see you only mentioned the teasing comments and not the many who loved the photo. The wonderful part of this photo is their obvious sense of humor. TRY that, if you are indeed related.

  3. d.Lee says:

    I’m so impressed with mom’s tiny waist line after five kiddos… She exercised by pushing back from the table early.

  4. Nancy says:

    I guess they finally got their little girl.

  5. Kara says:

    I think this picture is more creepy than awkward. Especially the mother’s face/eyes. It might be something with the lighting or she could actually have something wrong about her face or eyes….not sure. This looks like something out of The Ring or would fit very well in a haunted house/halloween or horror flash game. Something like that. Heh.

    • Desirée says:

      I thought so too, at first, but I think she’s wearing glasses. If you look closely, I think you can see glasses on her ‘good’ eye, too.

  6. the old bitty says:

    Coolest picture ever ;)

  7. Ellen says:

    I really like this photo. It’s like a snapshot of fashion of a certain era and how you “move up” from baby to boy to man clothes. If you’re going to have that many kids so close together, why not put them in order of height in the photo?

  8. mackenzie says:

    ahahahah’ more bars in more placess:p

  9. flurogirl says:

    um….in comparison to some of the other ones that are displayed on this website,this isn’t as bad…. still bad though..but not so much..:) if that makes any sense…>.>

  10. John says:

    The coolest part is when they split into halves, and put each person inside the next largest one.

  11. chelez says:

    very cute. i love the concept. hahahaha

  12. Molly says:

    Wow, that is crazy. It’s a perfect line!

  13. Eric says:

    Boys would start out in dresses, work their way up to knee pants, and eventually graduate to full-length trousers.

  14. Eric says:

    Even our primitive ancestors realized that humans come in different heights.

  15. J says:

    ALL THAT for a girl…. finally!

  16. Seddah says:

    I love how perfectly their heights coincide. Mom’s probably got some wicked heels on.

  17. Chloe says:

    Talk about hand-me-downs!

  18. Sarinar says:

    I shudder to think what would have happened if they had twins or *gasp* triplets!

  19. Steph says:

    Hmm…two of these things are not like the other ones…

  20. funnygirl says:

    The youngest one is such a cutie!

  21. Pilou says:

    They finally got a girl!

  22. Darby says:

    This is so my family. We always do awkward poses like this for our family portraits.

  23. Joan White says:

    The smallest child is definitely a boy. You can’t always tell by the way they were dressed at that age, but little girls had their hair parted on the side and little boys had theirs parted right down the center. Well, they had to do something to tell them apart!

  24. Scott says:

    Wondering if any child(ren) didn’t make the shot because they were too tall/short.

  25. Benne says:

    Why does people in these old pictures always look insane?

  26. Emily says:

    More bars in more places.

  27. Sarah says:

    They definitely all got Dad’s ears..

  28. Lucy says:

    The one smack dab in the middle looks like trouble.

    • George says:

      I agree; he’s definitely committing a mortal sin in photography of that time period: he’s trying to smile.

  29. Tasha says:

    Does anybody know the true history behind this photo?? This picture has infatuated me for some strange reason.

  30. P. T. Barnum says:

    Has anyone seen Tom Thumb?


    We now present…Thing 1 and Thing 2

  31. iLOLd says:

    But, can they sing?

  32. Rebecca F. says:

    OMG. I LOVE this picture!

  33. HBR says:

    Cingular….Raising the bars,

    but with even more amp.

  34. Mark says:

    Ok, Rollcall!!

    Gomez!? Check.
    Morticia!? Check.
    Pugsley? Check.
    Wednesday!? Check.
    Fester? Check.
    Lurch!? Check.
    Cousin Itt? Cousin Itt? Cousin Itt?

    Cousin Itt has been dropped from the roll….

  35. Eric LaFontaine says:

    This should be the new Cingular commercial! They’re “raising the bar”! :)

  36. lesr says:

    they tried. they tried. they tried. they tried. ah sweet success!

  37. girl says:

    these children were bred for the sole purpose of this photograph

  38. smalls says:

    is it just me, or is the line a perfect diagonal until they get to the smallest child? now THAT is timing it.

    way to go mom! ^^

  39. jason says:

    Amazing. How are they all so equally spaced vertically. The slope doesn’t very. You could use them like stairs

  40. fail says:

    haha all i can see is the photographer running away.

  41. Bill says:

    A perfect line! They must not have lost any to childhood disease.

  42. andree says:

    this picture is PERFECT! i love it

  43. Ed says:

    Nice picture. Common back in those days for this type of picture. I would have to say the youngest is a boy. All young boys of proper families where dressed in similar fashion as above. They did not wear pants until properly potty trained. Thus the reason for th dress easier to change the cloth diapers.

  44. Colorado says:

    Wow. They all have huge feet!

  45. Eliz says:

    What happens when the kids grow?they’ll ruiin the picture, damn!HAHHA
    nice one

  46. marty says:

    This looks like an ad for an AT&T cellular phone.

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