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Heather Steeves 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.

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Posted: February 9, 2014

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

Written by: Heather Steeves


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.
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