Man eating rice, China, 1901-1904 [708 x 864][OS]


Agreed. It is kinda weird to see a picture this old with somebody being goofy. I ended up being underneath the impression that smiling didn't take effect until the 40s. i used to have impression that people in ...



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  • Agreed. It's kinda weird to see a photo this old with someone being goofy. I was under the impression that smiling didn't take effect until the 40s.
  • i used to have impression that people in the past <1900 were different, they really weren't different, they all had their aspirations and hopes, they all worked, they all wanted to enjoy life (i know my words sound modern, but day by day i realize how similar everyday life was today and medieval times). humans of the past were not robots, i used to have such an unnatural thought about their everyday life
  • I was reading Herodotus a while ago and his style is very conversational. It struck me that this was something written over two thousand years ago in a totally different language and yet it felt so human and familiar, that I felt like I could just be listening to some slightly drunk guy at the bar telling me about his travels.
  • I had a similar experience with reading Ovid. For such an esteemed name, his stories include things like his girlfriend getting an abortion without telling him she was pregnant. If you change his pleas to Roman gods to Catholic saints it would feel like something some 20 year old was worrying about today.
  • Yeah they just had to stand still for the picture for 3 minutes and they only got to take a photo once, so the best odds for a clear photo is to just be neutral-faced. I guess that stuck around for a bit longer than it needed to. Once instant pictures came around, now we're all smiles
  • The long exposure times made it difficult, as you'd have to hold a smile as-is for quite some time. This photo probably took quite a bit of effort. Edit: Apparently I might be completely wrong in this. Read child comments for better information.
  • That's part of it. The other part is that while getting your photo taken was cheap enough that many people could afford it, it was still rare and expensive enough that anybody who wasn't well off would likely only sit for a photo a few times in their life. This means that the photo you take is going to be the only record of your appearance for future generations, and the reason you're getting your photo taken is likely so people can remember you when you're gone (for example, there are plenty of surviving daguerreotypes of Civil War soldiers, because they got their portrait taken right before going off to war so if they died their family would have something to remember them by). Victorians wanted to be remembered as serious and not frivolous.
  • Victorians wanted to be remembered as serious and not frivolous. They resoundingly succeeded.
  • Except for all the smut books they left behind.
  • Seriously Smutty.
  • The Lusty Argonian Maid
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