The Potpourri

February 3rd, 2010

The Potpourri - Family Portrait

A little something in here for everyone.

(submitted by Colin)

120 Responses to “The Potpourri”

  1. Rachie says:

    Wedding party? Couple up front (the bride sitting oh-so-snuggly in front of the groom). The rest are bridesmaids and groomsmen?

  2. Kimberly Cooper says:

    I’m from Albany, OR and I believe the guy in back with glasses is an old friend of my borther’s. His name was Mike and passed away a few years ago.

  3. Jeannie says:

    A lot of these people look very familiar? Albany, OR? If so, none of them are related, must be coworkers.

  4. Darn Gofers says:


  5. cristy says:

    Eight is Enough all grown up.

  6. I like Frank Zappa on the bottom right!

  7. Leann says:

    After a lot of studying, I think this is 4 adult brothers with their families. Two brothers in the back row have wives, but no kids. Front and center are brother with his wife and their teenage daughter seated awkwardly in the middle (on their laps?) Youngest brother on the front right is still single or possibly gay (actually, he reminded me a little of my own brother in the ’80s!)

    I also think the girl in the red sweater looks very familiar. And love the pee pee dance comment!

  8. Courtney says:

    What makes it even better is that the picture was hung on the wall with 4 thumbtacks and reinforced with tape!

  9. melinda says:

    ha ha ha! pee pee dance!! gotta love the 80’s

  10. glasstabletop says:

    notice how this has been tacked to a bulletin board for quite a while.
    (see upper right corner)

  11. Joey says:

    Wow, this looks like a group photo of my old office job at IBM. I was the guy taking the picture.

  12. arkysteelerfan says:

    Looks like a picture of the first AOL meet & greet party participants I saw a long time ago.

  13. Eileen says:

    I think they are adult siblings or co-workers. My dad comes from a big family and on the rare occasion when everyone is together we will do whole group shots, grandkid shots, just the original siblings, siblings and their spouses, etc. This photo doesn’t seem awkward to me. yes, bad hair, but glancing back through my high school yearbook, it’s hard to find anyone in the 80’s who didn’t have bad hair!

  14. Danika says:

    Just saw this site…I’m going to have to add one of my kids later. Anyway, I love the pee pee dance pose on the left side.

  15. Tracey says:

    HOLY COW! I have some old Olan Mills portraits too where they did all weird head tilts. They were suppose to be this GREAT studio!

  16. Candy says:

    Maybe they ARE coworkers. It seems to make sense. The women don’t really look like sisters and the guys don’t look related either. Plus you have Big Boy in the back row doing the “concerned managerial head tilt”. Scary as it is, I think I know the girl in the red sweater.

  17. Robert says:

    I swear, that looks like my aunt in the red shirt. If it’s her, I’ll find out what’s up with the picture.

  18. Manda says:

    You there! Where is your mustache?

  19. Anne says:

    And to think this lovely Olan Mills is probably copyrighted…yep, wouldn’t want THIS quality product stolen!!!

  20. skyeleo says:

    lol-I’m speechless

  21. Valerie C. says:

    If this is a picture of 4 sisters and their husbands all I have to say is “Wow, that family hit the son-in-law jackpot with these four.”

  22. Shonda says:

    Did we really dress and look that way? And here I thought the nightmares were over. The guy with the black tie with his white pants and yellow shirt…it really does something for him…. I’m trying to figure out what it does…

  23. Keisa says:

    Is that Hall or Oats??

  24. Mollz says:

    I just noticed the women in the front nestled in the guys crotch, hopefully there dating and not co-workers.

  25. troy says:

    awkward stats: 11/16 of the eyes are looking to the right, while 5/16 are trained straight ahead.

  26. Confused says:

    Wow. Just… wow. *scrubs at eyeballs*

  27. calimari says:

    They get points for all actually looking in the same direction…

  28. RBX says:

    I thought maybe this was four daughters and their husbands (since the four women look somewhat alike, and the men definitelt don’t), but I don’t see any wedding rings on anyone (at least on the people whose left hands we can see). The men don’t resemble each other or the women at all, so it doesn’t look like they are related. Then again maybe they are a family but some or all of the kids are adopted or something?

    Or perhaps Olan Mills just dragged eight random people in for a picture. What is with the weird arm grab of the two women in the middle? The guy on the bottom right has a righteous mullet!

    • Randy says:

      I think the lady on the far-left has a ring on he right hand, she could be engaged to the man above her. Doesnt explain everyone else though…no one looks a like o.o

  29. Kate says:

    As the song goes…*it was acceptable in the 80s, the 80s….*

  30. PromisedPlanet says:

    “OK, you people who are normally required to dress up for work, stand in the back row, and let’s get the others in the front row.”

  31. Alan says:

    People PLEEEZE!!!
    This is the group photo of the first speed dating get together of 1985.
    Huh?? Well,that would explain away a lot of questions.

  32. AwkWerrrd says:

    They had not quite perfected the “dangling-toy attention grabber” technique back in the 80s.

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