Out On A Limb

October 7th, 2009

Out On A Limb - Black And White

Cousin Fletcher thought he was above it all.

(submitted by Linnea)

145 Responses to “Out On A Limb”

  1. Miss Awesome says:

    There is always ONE in every family!

  2. Gogit says:

    Imagine the St. Olaf Story Rose Nylund of “The Golden Girls” could have made from THIS photo! LOL

  3. Suzanne G says:

    Are these Kris Angel’s ancestors???

  4. Marlon says:

    The Garrett Family was not going to let the fact that cousin fletcher fell out of the tree impelling himself on a limb interfere with another family photo.

  5. Mike says:

    And no one in the family thought this was funny???

  6. Halfreck says:

    Next time he needs to warn the others about the grizzly BEFORE, the hogs the only stable limb in the tree.

  7. Linnea says:

    Okay, for those who are interested in the history, I found the info. On the back of the photo, it says, “taken in 1889 in Beaver Township, Pulaski County, Indiana…Under the large chestnut tree in front of house.”

  8. Matt says:

    I think cousin Fletcher is just hiding from that creepy child on the right.

  9. HeatherW says:

    It’s nice to see that, historically, awkwardness has always existed.

  10. Sam says:

    What if the guy on the limb was a dead family member and they took his body and put it there to signify him being in heaven. Crazy, Craze if you ask me, Carl.

  11. dono1 says:

    Looks like that little kid on the right stepped in some gum. Or a cow pattie.

    • Trilly says:

      Also, I can only see one leg on him! And, um, he’s wearing a skirt? Unless I’m mistaken on the gender, which is possible. In any case, Great Pic! Thanks for sharing.

  12. jenniep says:

    the first picture of trophy uncle buck

  13. Fozzie says:

    With this, we are all witness to the first ever “horsing around” moment in a photo.

  14. John Evans says:

    This was on the bottom of the front page.

    Right below it was a link saying “Older Entries”.

  15. gruven_reuven says:

    Hey! My Hat and beard matches the gentleman in the middle sitting down

  16. gruven_reuven says:

    If the Photographer just took 3 steps back he could have fit cousin Fletcher in the pictures without hanging him from a tree. The things we know these days

  17. Linnea says:

    Love all the comments, especially the puns. This photo has been in my family forever. It’s my dad’s branch of the family tree…folks in Indiana. I wish I knew more of the story, but it’s always cracked me up.

  18. Barbie says:

    I LOVE this pic! I think it may be my favorite so far. Awesome.

  19. Joey says:

    Old photos like this always freak me out because the people all look they just killed someone.

    • Ted says:

      I think the story is old time photos like that used to take a long time to expose, so you can imagine how irritating it’d be to sit there with a smile waiting. What gets me is, how uncomfortable the guy in the tree must be since he’ll have been there the whole time the photo was being taken.

      • notolaf says:

        In fact, if you’ll direct your attention to the 2nd & 3rd people from the right, you’ll see that they must have been holding hands or something at first, since there are one or two extra hands and some blurring.

  20. mixedmedia says:

    Who knew they could be so whimsical in the olden days?

  21. Funfur says:

    Along with the earliest photos were the earliest photo bombers!

  22. GreyStreet says:

    I’m amazed that the man in the tree is able to keep his top hat on his head while maintaining that pose… That takes some talent (or strategically placed hat pins?)

  23. Maro says:

    Great that they had a sense of humor…usually no one smiles in these vintage photos….photography was very serious business!!

    • Rowena says:

      In fact everyone has a grump on their face! Creepy stuff.

    • Jeff says:

      That’s because taking a picture back then wasn’t as simple as it was now – people had to hold their poses for several minutes at least. That’s why people in old photos tend to look pissed. I wonder how long Tree Guy had to hold that pose?

  24. El Miguel says:

    “What About Grandma?” Episode I: The nonconformist menace

  25. MJ Klein says:

    my first thought when looking at this photo was “Who farted?”

  26. Lucy says:

    This would be a great beginning to a horror movie. The whole thing is creepy.

  27. dawna says:

    I’d like to know this history of this photo. Who/what/where/when

    • mrsmarvel says:

      I’d like to know the why

      • Marie says:

        Seriously, this has to be oldest photo on here to date. I’d like to know the story, too. Looks to be from the 1910’s or 1920’s, wouldn’t say? Just goes to show, there’s a comedian (or an eccentric) in every family since time began.

        • mhavril39 says:

          I don’t think so. It looks 1910s at latest. Maybe 1880s-1910s. Overall, though, It’s good to know that they took awkward photos even back then! 🙂

          • MR says:

            The uncle in the tree looks like he may be their family clown.

            My mom showed me an awkward family photo from around the 20’s…They had good photo editing skills back then because a great-great-great uncle was edited into their family pic. (He died like 2 months prior and they didn’t want to leave him out.) Funny thing about the photo was that the edited uncle was larger…almost like an “Andre the Giant” type of proportion. The rest of the editing looked great, other than the size, especially for back then! LOL …

  28. Maya B says:

    Oops…I mean “levitating”.

  29. Maya B says:

    He’s levitationg…the tree was photoshopped in later.

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