Please look at the camera and smile August 05 2009

1249476744422From left to right is May Meek-age 65,Ann Keeler-47, John Kline- 6 months, and Mae Kline-19. This was taken in 1902 in Shelby, Ohio.Shorpy comment of the day: "Expressions of age and aging vary greatly with time and place, as seen so strikingly in this family group. For many people in 1902, 60 felt more like our 80, and, once a woman was widowed, conventional society expected her to look like it. But most women in 1902 "new baby" photos made an effort to express some level of pride and joy. It looks like these women are wearing mourning dresses, maybe not full mourning, but at least the slightly relaxed mourning worn for at least a year after a close death. In that case, the startling glumness of the two older women might be deliberate, as if they thought it improper to smile at an occasion that would otherwise be a very happy one."

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