Wednesday April 16th 2014

Old photos of Mainers in love … awkwardly looking at the camera

By: Heather Steeves

Awwww.

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.