This family always exuded a Civil Warmth.
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This is really pretty.
I like the concept.
My only observation is that the guy’s hat looks like it is a size too large
lol ima be honest, i kinda like this one.
I can relate to the girl who is sitting down. Her facial expression personifies how I feel when told my family is coming over for the holidays.
I love the dress the girl on the left is wearing, and she has excellent posture! I think this is incredible! I’m obsessed with 19th century fashion, and my fiance and I are huge nerds, so we did a photoshoot similar to this the day we got engaged. No regrets.
Not an Awkward Family Photo. This one is too cool.
The two in the middle seem to have gotten the Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter costumes.
I love this photo. The costumes are pretty authentic and the somber look fits well with the time period. People did not smile in the old photographs because it took so long for the pic to be taken. They shutter had to be open for several minutes so it was easier to sit very still nd not smile.
I rather like this one — except that I really want to fix seated daughter’s one fly-away curl.
And, as for those of you who say they look miserable, well, have you ever LOOKED at an actual vintage photo? Most folks in those look pretty miserable as well.
And I rather like ALL the dresses.
Being from the south, I didn’t take this to be a southern picture. My first thought was this was an English/European setting and dress.
I guess it might hark back to a time before yours. I fancy modern Southern dress to be a tad different and all.
I agree. It’s more just nineteenth century, in general. Not exclusively southern.
Regardless, I found the wall-to-wall carpet to be pretty authentic to either time period.
Exactly what I was thinking! The blue carpet really pulls the whole look together.
Actually, the gals’ dresses are accurate for the time and kinda lovely. And Sarah’s right – in the olden-days, NO one smiled – times was hard, people! (As the brilliant Richard Pryor’s character, Mudbone, used to say, “Didn’t have no year for it – we jus’ called it, ‘Hard Times.’ ” !)
Dad sort of looks like the Trix Rabbit here, though, or the family livery driver.
I was thinking he was wearing his best Willy Wonka costume or maybe the Mad Hatter, it was a toss up to me.
I took a long time for the picture to be taken in those days, I think 2 minutes? That’s why everyone is serious. They had to sit perfectly still for that time and it’s hard to hold a smile that long!
To be technical, people did not smile on pictures, not so much because the times were hard, but because the time exposure to take the photo was really long, and it was too long to hold a smile; it worked better with a neutral expression. Plus, taking a picture was a very special and solemn moment – people did not do it many times a day like us today – so it was considered bad manners not to be serious for it. All this said, I like this picture!
It could work as an old-timey photo if it was in black and white and without the modern carpet
Ah dee-cleah, we’re at wawa with the Yankees!
Worst family intro for Family Feud ever!
I find it awkward that Momma would wear the peach dress with the ribbons/bows around her neck and put her eldest daughter in a the dark, matronly looking dress. How will that poor girl ever attract a beau with Momma stealing her dresses?
I don’t know. I kind of think the peach one is more matronly. Daughter’s dress is pretty low cut!
I think the brown dress is more elegant and yes shows more cleavage.
Me too. I actually like the brown dress best. Very pretty!
Maybe daughter is already a “war widow”…
Great Great Granpa Bean. Mrs. Bean. And the Teen Toots.
Laughed really hard. Thanks!
It looks like the two in the middle are actually standing up and only 4 feet tall.
Why is Mom and sis not letting them stand up?
If they didn’t look so miserable, this would be a fantastic photo. Maybe they were going for authenticity with the “no-smiles” rule. Although, the color photograph sort of ruins that anyway.
When Mama and Daddy say “dress for dinner” … they really mean “DRESS FOR DINNER”!
The most awesome thing about this one is your caption!
The cast photo for The Perfectly Sane Hatter’s Tea Party. It didn’t run long.
Frankly, Awkward Family Photos, I don’t give a damn.
Eeek, beyond the obvious in this image what a terrible crop!
Actually I think this is awesome.
I want those dresses!
OK – but I’m curious about the giant jukebox shaped edifice behind them – does it contain musicians (drop on your penny, the doors fly open to play a real toe tapper on fiddles and piano…)
I think that’s a door and archway…
Yes. Yes it is.
This is actually just a nice old-timey photo. I don’t see the awkward.
I agree. I think it is great!
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