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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:42 pm 
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Thanks to Morton Hale for the photo

We have no idea of names yet, so if anyone can help?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:05 pm 
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I think the boy with the striped tie in the back row is my father Joe McCabe. The girl back row third from right is
Ida Atkinson (McGuffin).
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:08 pm 
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Sorry, girl I think is Ida Atkinson is fourth from right.
Don't they all look so sad?
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Boy in the middle row 4th in Boris Johnson ? :getmecoat:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:26 am 
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Glynis:
I was thinking the same thing, how sad they look. So many of the photos of the school children back then showed them as very sad or very serious.
How do you like the navy uniform inspired shirts on a couple of the boys?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:12 pm 
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Not a smile in the bunch.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:46 am 
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Its the same with a lot of photos from this era, be it public or private photos they may have been told this is one chance for a photo no messing about. Not sure if i would be smiling if 5 legs with a black blanket over the top of it was telling me to waitttttttttttttttttt for it no fidgetinggggg got it. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:41 am 
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Internet to the rescue!

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Ultimately, the real reason folks didn’t smile was because they thought it made them look stupid. Most individuals simply didn’t want to be immortalized for all of history with a goofy grin on their faces. Mark Twain summed it up best when he said, “A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.”

According to Nicholas Jeeves, who wrote an extensive article on the topic, by the 17th century “it was a well-established fact that the only people who smiled broadly, in life and in art, were the poor, the lewd, the drunk, the innocent, and the entertainment.”

Nowadays we smile in photos to show happiness or warmth, but back then it was viewed as the equivalent of duckface—a look no self-respecting Victorian would want recorded. As photography advanced and became more common, folks didn’t have to choose a single expression to serve as their memorial for the ages, which opened them up to showing a range of expressions in photos. Still, we can only imagine what they’d think of the hundreds of thousands of pics that are now taken every minute, complete with our foolish smirks, photobombs, and compromising selfies.


Source:http://knowledgenuts.com/2014/07/09/the-real-reason-no-one-smiled-in-old-photographs/


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