Yep, even old-timey folks did it.
(submitted by Jeff)
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
And FYI it’s spelled “referenced”.
To be “so proud” of The_Other_Sally for the overwhelming accomplishment of referencing nesting dolls is awkward.
Parabéns pela iniciativa. As fotos nos possibilita identificar costumes e cotidiano de várias famílias, em um determinado recorte histórico.
Perfect 42 angle family,you need to calm down….your way to excited..its getting out of hand
This SCREAMS fun. Or maybe it just screams.
If you are not exactly 6 inches shorter than your brother, you WILL get a flogging!!!
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
Good god, that person is morphing.
I’m almost certain that this exact picture was in my college textbook about Eugenics..?!
Geometry meets Geom-a-tree.
its a linear relationship! slope = 0.5 heads
Am I the first to be reminded of Russian Nesting Dolls?
That is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
Why do I think of the Verizon network…
Raising the bar..
The R^2 value of that line has to be at least 0.999.
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.
this picture should be on an att commercial somewhere
better yet is the AT&T analogy
the smallest child kinda messes up the straight line of heads.
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.
reminds me of a good cell signal
im amazed at how evenly spaced their heights are!
This is the Von Trap family BEFORE their mom died and before Maria.
The sad part is that little Sara on the left is actually the oldest of the kids!
That’s what I call a straight line. 😀
Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!
it’s cingular =)
This could be a new Cingular ad image
They finally got a girl!
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…
With four boys already, you don’t think Mom needed a little help with the “cooking and cleaning”?
Yeah, giving birth to and raising children and running a household…no big whoop.
More bars in more places.
What AT&T ad did you steal this from?
Can your hear me now?
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.
But a bow would mess up the fantastic 42 degree angle!!!
More bars in more places 🙂
More bars in more places
THe original AT&T commercial.
Whoa, that’s kinda awesome. They’re incredibly evenly spaced.
This one rule !
Oh man, it’s the caption that makes it.
that’s insane how perfectly different each are compared to the next in height. My family is nothing like this.
raising the bars!
“Now YOU can get more bars in more places.”
If you catch my meaning …
What an amazing picture! love love it!
their height is perfect… amazing.
“More bars in more places!” HA!
Touche! I was thinking the same thing 🙂
Beat me to it…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!”
Good call! The straight line of their heads is just unCANNY–as if they measured every day until that one PERFECT day when their heights created this delightful 42 degree angle!
AT&T – more bars in more places…
Timbo, that comment wasn’t funny. It was phenomenal.
Whoops…everyone’s saying it!
LOL!! I can’t catch my breath!
I love it! amazing
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