Black And White
“My aunt gave me a very old family album. This picture represent an ancestor resting her elbow on a fireplace. The pose is stiff, like everyone’s pictures from this era. But when I looked closer at the fireplace, I saw that it was only a painting. I like imagining the photographer’s instructions: ‘Move your elbow a little higher!'”
(submitted by Guillaume)
“In Nebraska in the 1980’s, they didn’t just have just regular beauty pageants, they had special pageants for Queen of the Cows. I received a stunning faux crown to place on the felt cowboy hat of my choice, and a $200 gift certificate to my favorite western store to purchase my new glitzy outfit. The handmade blue suede leather sash had to be returned. As you can image, I was the talk of the town.”
(submitted by Lola)
“Over 60 years ago, my parents had a picture done professionally of my two older sisters and me. This was one of the “proofs” they received. My two older sisters have now passed. I showed this to a friend who sent me one of your cards and suggested I send this to you. My middle sister had no idea why she had the ‘sideways’ eyes, but it has brought a lot of humor to our family for many years.”
(submitted by Mary)
Via our friends at Mashable and their Retronaut collection, a gallery of Victorian-era “head shots.” Robert E. Jackson, a curator of vintage snapshots who purchased this gallery from eBay and other sources, says the photos offer a weird and hilarious look at 19th and 20th century photo manipulation.
“Sometimes a photo exists simply to provide a smile or a laugh, without any hidden agenda or messages,” says Jackson, who owns nearly 12,000 images in his vintage photography collection. “They might say more about the technical abilities of the photographer than the subjects themselves.”
Proof that ever since cameras were invented, people have found ways to have fun with them.
“This is my Dad meeting the queen. He’s wearing “thongs” (aka flip flops). The first time I found out my Dad met the Queen was today when a newspaper re-ran an article called “Even For The Queen, Thongs Not Wrong.”
(submitted by Summa)
“My brother and his family tried taking a family picture in our field, but the cows kept following them. The cows were doing this in the background of every single photo. Almost as if they wanted to be photographed.”
(submitted by Janell)