Old photos of Mainers in love … awkwardly looking at the camera
By: Heather Steeves
Awwww. Photo from April 1958 of Eugene Quint. The caption reads, "A chip off the ol' block."
Capt. and Mrs. George Horton, 1953. We're sorry to say the captain died in 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hooper, of Martinsville, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1961.
Mr. and Mrs. Alby Temple of 21 Middlesex Road in Topsham celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1966. They had a cookout to celebrate with their children Fred Temple, Irving Temple and Christine Moore along with their six grandchildren and their one great grandchild. You out there, Temples?
Mr. and Mrs. Guy M Hinkley, dated before 1956.
That poor lady. Seems a Press Herald photo or archivist crossed her right out. I introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Earl Charles Kimble of Upper High Street in Bath. They were celebrating their 50th anniversary back in 1969. Sorry, Mrs. Kimble.
It looks like the photo guys had a little fun with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pinette after this ran in the paper. It was 1955 when this Brunswick couple celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Mr and Mrs. John V. Emerson, Portland in 1974.
Mary Ann and Joseph Gladu, of Congress Street in Portland, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1954.
Mr. and Mrs. Irving L. Cram of Hampshire St. East Hiram observed their 62nd anniversary in February 1969. They were married Jan. 26, 1907. The old Press Herald caption says that Irving: worked on a farm, drove a school bus, and was a mail carrier on a "Star Route" and cared for several pairs of horses. He recalls two dapple grey ones that he was especially fond of. He then worked at Tom Hammond's lumber Mill. What a romantic.
Mr. and Mrs. James Groggins on their 55th anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. J Harris Ellingwood, West Paris.
And also: Why do all these people look miserable? I asked Portland Press Herald systems editor and long-time photographer Jack Milton. He had a few thoughts:
1. These are all from around the 1950s. In the previous generation, having a photo taken of you was a very serious occasion (no willy nilly Snapchatting). Also, people used to have to stand still for more than a minute when they were photographed. The not-smiling may have been a hold-over from those times.
2. Back in the 1950s a photographer likely took these 50-year anniversary photos all day every day and couldn’t care less if you smiled and probably didn’t think of asking the couple to.
mainetoday.com content producer Heather Steeves tries to do things that are fun -- and only things that are fun. So far that's included stilt walking, roller derby, cross-country road trips in her Saturn and digging through the Portland Press Herald archives for old photos of the state's most awkward Mainers.