April 27, 2010

Hibbing ladies at a costume "Dress Up Party"


When did people start smiling in photos? Some time after the 1930s, I guess.

St. Louis, Minnesota
1930
from The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

10 comments:

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I dig this photo. They all look pretty sour though.

downtown guy said...

I think people really just smiled less in photos then.

Ms. Moon said...

Here's what I think- "happiness" is something that was invented at some point in the twentieth century. After this picture was taken, anyway.
Not that people weren't happy sometimes. It just wasn't expected and it probably wasn't expressed as much, either.
This is why we are all on anti-depressants- we expect to be happy when in reality, that's a load of crap.
Or, it could be that I just need to go back on my anti-depressant.

downtown guy said...

I dunno, I'm generally a happy guy, even when things are going badly.

Ms. Moon said...

And I count that as one of the things I am most grateful for every day.

downtown guy said...

Me, too, believe you me!

Steph(anie) said...

I like this one so much!

downtown guy said...

I like the hats.

May said...

One hat can be an entire costume if well played. Trying on hats is like trying on different people, don't you think?

downtown guy said...

Hats and shoes. It's all about hats and shoes.