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. liu-yuan says:


  2. Khalia says:

    Its called ‘elevator love’… next floor ‘bedroom department” lol

  3. steve says:

    Didn’t know Lincoln had 5 kids

  4. shadymutton says:

    They don’t smile because dental care in those days was poor to non-exhistant. If it hurt – you pulled it out. I wouldn’t wanna see those grins – ok, maybe I would, but I’m not saying it would look good. lol

  5. Beth says:

    At least we know they have coverage in their area!

  6. Cammie says:

    No way could you get a toddler to hold still for 10 minutes. Just notice what this woman did on a yearly basis… I wonder how many more kids she had.

  7. mariah says:

    Cingular, raising the bar

  8. Lindsey says:

    Judging by their heights…did that poor woman give birth five times in five years?! Whoa.

  9. whatevs says:

    I love the long short/leggings combo on the boys. Totally gonna make my future sons dress that way.

  10. knitch says:

    Aww. That’s a sweet window into the past. Love the “stair-step” pose.

  11. WhoopsADaizy says:

    “I went to school with the third guy from the left… no REALLY…” lol 😉

  12. MarcsNymph says:

    I love this picture. Amazing.

  13. Abbie says:

    “More bars in more places”

  14. Dan says:

    You know what I don’t get though? Somebody please explain to me that if it takes 5-10 minutes to take the picture, unless they remained absolutely 100% motionless the picture would come out looking like the ones you see on The Ring. All blurry, right?

  15. Larz says:

    haha oh please. They didn’t smile because it requires more muscle activity to hold a smile in place. When you have to stand absolutely still for the 5-10 minutes for the photographer to take the picture, you wouldn’t want to be smiling either… at least I wouldn’t be.

  16. JFaz says:

    Cingular…..raising the bar….

  17. the addams says:

    why do i get the feeling Lurch is missing? ‘ YOU RANG!’

  18. Tom says:

    More bars in more places!

  19. JesseWV says:

    People didn’t smile because they thought that evil box the photographer was using was going to steal their soul.

  20. chenglong says:

    that’s awesome and it made me to miss my family

  21. lil momma says:

    none of them are smiling, which kinda creeps me out, but it’s still cool.

  22. Judge_Knot says:

    From the smallest, to the tallest across the top of their heads is a perfectly straight line. How creepy is that?

    Otherwise, nice photo.

  23. Adam says:

    maybe the newborn baby didn’t fit in with the whole angle theme, so they left him out.

  24. Adam says:

    And in another year, they’ll probably have to re-take this photo with the new baby; such regular intervals in procreation, almost as if they were trying to set their watches by conception. Truly eerie

  25. Patrícia Antunes says:

    Linda foto, Adorei!

  26. Wahoo95 says:

    This looks like an add for AT&T…”more bars in more places?!?!?!”

  27. AlaskaRaven says:

    “Alright now kids, put your hands on the hips of the person in front of you….. that’s right. Music, please?”

  28. AlaskaRaven says:

    Hi, we’re the Bates family. Let me introduce the children, starting with my oldest son, Norman JR….

  29. Kate says:

    Kept trying for a girl and it finally worked! Happened in my family too – Every 14 months until a girl – me – popped out.

  30. angie says:

    How did they get the baby to stand so straight (and still) for that amount of time? Amazing!

  31. Alan says:

    More bars in more places?

  32. silke says:

    absolut genial!

  33. Jujee says:

    Fantastic!! I love it! They’re a darn near perfect angle!

  34. Melissa says:

    Looks like a cell phone reception commercial — seven bars

  35. Michelle says:

    I think the heights are pretty relative to how far apart they were born most likely.

    I like this picture somehow.

  36. Amber says:

    isn’t it strange that each of them is exactly two inches shorter then the person behind them?

  37. Jinnee says:

    it’s cool

  38. Jilli says:

    I dont get how this is awkward, i find it quite awesome.

  39. ScotiaGirl says:

    People didn’t smile in photographs back then very often. For one thing they were just trying to look like their regular selves, for another the exposure actually took quite a while. You should see the neck and back braces they used to put people in for portraits! Talk about awkward photos! Those braces look like torture devices instead of a photography studio supplies!

    But the pose is truly awkward.

  40. Cézar Ayran says:

    Gross! What strange thing seems to be the film Evoking spirits!

  41. Slm says:

    people didn’t smile in pictures back then because it took too long to take them and they couldn’t smile for that long. It wasn’t because they didnt smile lol. I love this pic it’s so clean and even lol and it does look like a matroyshka doll

  42. Winnie says:

    That is just a precious old family photo..

  43. Arina says:

    Очень оригинальная постановка! Молодцы! Запоминающееся фото!

  44. eviren says:

    It kinda makes me wonder if they stunted the kids’ growth to achieve that pic.

  45. elfdorado says:

    Who opened the Russian doll?

  46. Sean Buzzard says:

    disregard my previous posts, i don’t know what i’m talking about.

  47. Jeff says:

    Alltel…more bars!

  48. Steve says:

    Interesting. Folks did not smile in many old photos due to long exposures with slow speed films………compared to today.

  49. anonymous says:

    More bars in more places…

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