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. Jake says:

    seriously guys…about 20 people have refrensed the stupid AT&T commercials…how individual…I am so proud of the ONE person…(The_Other_Sally) who refrensed russian nesting dolls

  2. Rocca says:

    Parabéns pela iniciativa. As fotos nos possibilita identificar costumes e cotidiano de várias famílias, em um determinado recorte histórico.

  3. Jess says:

    Perfect 42 angle family,you need to calm down….your way to excited..its getting out of hand

  4. Scott Coblio says:

    This SCREAMS fun. Or maybe it just screams.

  5. Stephanique1 says:

    If you are not exactly 6 inches shorter than your brother, you WILL get a flogging!!!

  6. Cat Jordan says:

    this is not awkward, actually quite charming. Father was probably accountant, those kids look exactly 2 years apart…….Mom looks like she can deal with an excel spreadsheet

  7. hanroopy says:

    Good god, that person is morphing.

  8. Msk says:

    I’m almost certain that this exact picture was in my college textbook about Eugenics..?!

  9. steve says:

    Geometry meets Geom-a-tree.

  10. Ian says:

    its a linear relationship! slope = 0.5 heads

  11. The_Other_Sally says:

    Am I the first to be reminded of Russian Nesting Dolls?

  12. Rachel says:

    That is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

  13. Dahlin' says:

    Why do I think of the Verizon network…

  14. Chelsea says:

    Raising the bar..

  15. paco says:

    The R^2 value of that line has to be at least 0.999.

  16. superna says:

    You all debating the age of the photo realize that if you hover the cursor over it, it says “stevens-family-c1909″, right?

    From what I can find, even by the 1850s, tintype exposures took < 30 seconds. By circa 1909, box cameras using film were in common usage, with exposures < 0.5 seconds.

  17. Liam says:

    this picture should be on an att commercial somewhere

  18. Barbara says:


    better yet is the AT&T analogy

  19. Alex says:

    the smallest child kinda messes up the straight line of heads.

  20. WTF? says:

    No offense, but almost none of these pics have anything to do with awkwardness. This is really stupid how most of you are going “Wow that’s awkward!” no, actually it’s not.

    PS: sorry if my writings bad, I’m typing this on my iPod touch.

  21. 5angels says:

    reminds me of a good cell signal

  22. Llady says:

    im amazed at how evenly spaced their heights are!

  23. Monica says:

    This is the Von Trap family BEFORE their mom died and before Maria.

  24. Meghan C says:

    The sad part is that little Sara on the left is actually the oldest of the kids!

  25. Ruben says:

    That’s what I call a straight line. :D

  26. KrisBelucci says:

    Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

  27. katie says:

    it’s cingular =)

  28. Ally says:

    This could be a new Cingular ad image

  29. Patsy says:

    They finally got a girl!

    • charmy says:

      actually more than likely they wanted all boys…to help around the farm…Girls didn’t do much cept have babies and cook and clean…this is probably pre feminist era…or just about the time of it…

      And this is an amazing photo…The design elements are great…Yea I know a family portrait but really I love this…I don’t think its necessarily awkward at all unless you factor in At&t a hundred or so years ago…lol…

  30. Rebecca says:

    More bars in more places.

  31. TyDavis says:

    What AT&T ad did you steal this from?

  32. lsm says:

    Love it!!

  33. jas says:

    Can your hear me now?

  34. Kristina says:

    Actually, all the kids are boys. They dressed toddlers in skirts, even boys back then. See how the hair is combed the same as his brothers..and shoes and socks are same. Most girls photos I have seen from this age would have bows or something on the head.

  35. Dosh says:

    More bars in more places :)

  36. Katie says:

    More bars in more places

  37. Brandon says:

    THe original AT&T commercial.

  38. Monk says:

    Whoa, that’s kinda awesome. They’re incredibly evenly spaced.

  39. Martina says:

    Oh man, it’s the caption that makes it.

  40. Kel says:

    that’s insane how perfectly different each are compared to the next in height. My family is nothing like this.

  41. ladycb says:

    raising the bars!

  42. Chris says:

    “Now YOU can get more bars in more places.”

    If you catch my meaning …

  43. Aron says:

    What an amazing picture! love love it!

  44. Farrell says:

    their height is perfect… amazing.

  45. NIRE says:

    “More bars in more places!” HA!

  46. B.BlahBlah says:

    I think this particular stairstep pose was not merely a gimick to make the photo look nice… it had practical advantages, which helped motivate them to stand still for so long, even the youngest! Here’s how it works… if the person in front of you moves, the person behind you smacks the back of your head with their right hand, which won’t be in the picture anyway.

  47. Seth says:

    JesseWV says:
    May 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm
    “People didn’t smile because they thought that evil box the photographer was using was going to steal their soul.”

    The reason people did not smile is because the exposure times of the photographs were so long that it was hard to keep the same expression for the entire time as many photos like this would take 5-10 minutes of standing completely still.

    • Amie says:

      I would tend to doubt this photo is quite that old. When photos took that long portraits were generally seated and they certainly didn’t photograph young children. Have you ever tried to get someone under 12 to stay still and look in one spot for more than a few seconds… how about five of them at once?

      • Aaron says:

        Have you ever had a child so scared of you that they’d stay still and stare at one spot for fear of a stiff smack to the back of their head when they ruin an expensive photograph that their parents saved for? lol, i don’t know these people’s story, but there ever were parents to put the fear of God in their children, these look like the parents.

  48. Goubacon says:

    I wonder if they had more kids and only chose these ones because of their height. “Too tall, you’re not going to be in this year’s photo!”

  49. Lady T says:

    I love it! amazing

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