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. jleab says:

    Say Cheese!?

  2. NK says:

    This isn’t awkward at all… this is amazing!

  3. JK says:

    Not sure why, but this pic makes me sorta seasick. I need some fresh air.

  4. chicki says:

    Great advertising by AT&T aside (lmao), an awesome photo! I can’t believe how clever and creative the photographer was in this. He thought outside the box with this as photo. Photography was still relatively new and this type of pose is the first I’ve seen from this era. And I’ve seen hundreds at this era (turn of the last century). Great photo!

  5. Speely says:

    The evolution of man, with some exceptions.

  6. Jennifer L says:

    The look on Dad’s face here totally creeps me out. I’m wondering if this is the H.P. Lovecraft family photo?

  7. Mary says:

    I like this one !!

  8. EJ says:

    Actualy this is like one of those movies where a stranger comes to the house meets all these people in the present and at the end of the movie finds this photo and realises they are all dead…

  9. EJ says:

    Why does here glasses seemed fogged up? Just before the shot was she yelling at them all to get in line and come to attention – Schnellll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. hermit says:

    finally Jack The Ripper is unmasked….. look at those eyes!!!!!

  11. lolarusa says:

    This photo is the opposite of awkward. It’s combines remarkable mathematical precision with relaxed attitude. They’re so cool with themselves they practically have yoga shoulders. I’m beginning to wonder if by awkward family photos you simply mean old family photos.

  12. ben says:

    The image is squeezed on the site, but not if you open it separately. The effect is the same, but it doesn’t look messed up and fake.

  13. Intelligence required says:

    I’m having 5 kids just so I can arrange for this pose.

  14. Tom says:

    At least they are experiencing a constant growth rate.

  15. rainbow_veins says:

    this picture creeps me outt.

  16. carroca says:

    Dude! Monocles are for ladies!

  17. Flobe says:

    Wow… Americans used to be thin before the invention of diet coke.

  18. _paegan_ says:

    BMW – That’s not a girl. That’s just a boy too young for short pants. It’s an era thing.

  19. frunkis says:

    lurch had his own family while not working with the adams

  20. Cait says:

    what what in the butt

  21. Jessie says:

    I want to just run up their heads.

  22. Andr00 says:

    If by “awkward” you mean “completely badass”.

  23. Nonnie says:

    Early Slim Fast Commercial~ Good for the whole family!

  24. barb says:

    5th time’s a charm!

  25. Sadie says:

    Another progression picture. In his early adulthood he was confused about his sexuality.

  26. BMW says:

    And finally a girl….

  27. Whitney says:

    You know what though. Their heights were all so perfect, it would have been stupid NOT to.

  28. Shepard Pie says:

    Wonder how long they had to stand stock still for this shoot? Back then, kids were disciplined, by golly.

  29. Michelle says:

    Is it me, or do the parents look like they could be siblings as well?

  30. 1ghostorchid says:

    I can’t believe they had offsprings…

  31. LadyLovesDenim says:

    Is the Mom wearing a monocle?

  32. Overlord says:

    People never smiled in photos in those days. I love this!

  33. Gabe says:

    So weirdly incremental. You think they fed them systematically for several years to get this photo just right?

  34. Bri-Anne says:

    Why do I suddenly feel like getting an AT&T phone…

  35. Sarah says:

    This is incredibly adorable.

  36. Sequoia says:

    I think it’s kinda cool

  37. JacqueRoxx says:

    Wait a minute…THIS IS AWESOME!

  38. Charlie says:

    The floor is actually what is slopped, the photographer just angled it so it did not look weird that all the member where the same size.

  39. Cathy says:

    Can you hear me now?

  40. Bizz says:

    More bars in more places…

  41. Sharon says:

    We’ve come a long way in the lighting department.

  42. shhwhisper says:

    It was the one in the middle’s idea.

  43. Ruth says:

    I actually love this picture…

  44. Meg says:

    I actually think this might have been considered cutting edge posing back then… this one kind of speaks to me!

  45. Heather says:

    Nice knickers.

  46. francisco says:

    Their heads fit perfectly a straight line. That’s what one would call timely production.

  47. whoa, a whole skinny family.

    Bryan: ha! nice call on the cell service.

  48. Bryan says:

    Have we got any cell service yet?

  49. Kelly says:

    This was probably the cool way to photograph a family back then, lol

  50. WowAkward says:

    Reminds me of the Verizon bars thing in all the commercials.

  51. JoAnn says:

    That’s AT&T’s ad campaign…the bars. Verizon has the dude that walks thru the dessert asking “can you hear me now”

  52. donna says:

    They finally got a GIRL!!!

  53. pete says:

    See those buckin ears on the side of their buckin heads? That makes them Buccaneers! Arrrgghh Shiver me timbers…..

  54. pete says:

    For Halloween they could walk around with quarters on their heads and tell everybody that they are a bunch of thumbtacks……

  55. Brandon says:

    My aunt and uncle have a picture of their family that is similar to this one, except the background and floor are all white. Taken when their youngest was just 1 year old, all 8 of them form bars in line from smallest to largest. Not awkward at all, it is one of my all time favorite photographs.

  56. KSev says:

    is he walking through german chocolate cake? or maybe banana creme pie?

  57. getz76 says:

    Agreed. I actually think it is fantastic. Nicely composed.

  58. Kelsey says:

    I also love this picture… you can’t do this very often.. with such a straight line to it

  59. Jim The Great says:

    OMG, now THAT’s funny :)

  60. Jim The Great says:

    I’d say at least three nines…..

  61. DeathofRats says:

    I was going to say the same thing. Made nappy changes and toilet-training easier too.

  62. arch says:

    Sorry Donna, My money is on a boy. They used to dress em like that

  63. Ty says:


  64. arch says:

    I think more ladies should wear monocles, thats sort of “edgy”. Do you think she has a tattoo to go with it.

  65. cthulhu says:

    My first thought as well. If thats not Lovecraft they must be related. Well unless everyone back then had giant mutant chins…

  66. Sean Buzzard says:


  67. Sean Buzzard says:

    I said “nice” to this once already, Bryan…saying it again as your female alter-ego will earn you no more praise.

  68. Sean Buzzard says:

    Yeah, what is that? Like a perfect 43 degrees?

    I wonder if it was 40 by the end of the shoot?

  69. KC says:

    yeah, that’s what I was thinking!!

  70. Jessica says:

    That could be a boy. My grandma said that sometimes that young boys were put in dresses. Look at the hair too.

  71. NoUglyOneYet says:

    It WOULD be pretty difficult to hear much if you’re in the middle of a dessert–the chocolate could get stuck in your ears!

    (Now a DESERT, on the other hand…)

  72. Ashley says:

    those are some crazy ears!

  73. Survival Guy says:

    Infant mortality being what it was at the time, this family was very lucky to not have a couple gaps that would have roughed up the ramp a bit.

  74. laughing_hard says:


  75. Jami says:

    I meant legs no leas sorry very tired

  76. Ellen says:

    I’m with you – this photo intrigues me and doesn’t feel awkward either!

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