A photo from the olden days

@JudyEv (255357)
Rockingham, Australia
October 13, 2021 6:41pm CST
The people in the photo are my grandparents (the two older people obviously) with my Mum and Dad on the left and Dad’s brother and his wife on the right. As you might have guessed, this was taken in the days when you didn’t smile for photos. I am giving the photo to a cousin. Mum and her father were siblings. She is also related to my grandmother through her mother so there is a double connection there. My cousin and husband bought our old family farm and have now named it Dudbrook which is the name of the ship that bought the first of one line of the family out from England. He was a convict, charged, I think, with stealing. I really should learn more about him.
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@xFiacre (10175)
• Ireland
13 Oct
@judyev Silly thought, but I wonder what they did after posing for the photograph. Get out of their posh gear and have a scratch? that's what I do. Lovely photo to have.
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@DianneN (238148)
• United States
14 Oct
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
They would have hung up their posh clothing very carefully. Or at the least the women/wives would have.
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@rebelann (90520)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Oct
What a really kool photo. I have a photo of my grand parents and none of them smiled, I always wondered why. All my grand parents were born in the late 1800s.
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@Fleura (17357)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct
@rebelann @DaddyEvil In the 'old days' (early 20th century) exposing those glass photographic plates took longer, so people would have to hold the pose - it's harder to smile for a long time without moving or having it morph into a sort of grimace.
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@DaddyEvil (58523)
• United States
14 Oct
@Fleura I guess that makes sense... but it still seems weird.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
Fleur probably has the right answer but all those old photos are much the same. Not much hilarity going on. It was a very serious business - having your photo taken.
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@DianneN (238148)
• United States
14 Oct
Lovely old photo and a nice family connection. I’m certain your cousin will appreciate it.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
She has said she'd be pleased to have it. I just sent her another of her Dad as a young baby and it was one she didn't have.
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@DianneN (238148)
• United States
14 Oct
@JudyEv How nice for her and of you!
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Oct
What an interesting photo and story! I read a novel years ago about the first people sent to Australia from England as punishment.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
The English could be transported for the most minor crimes - stealing a loaf of bread or a few coins. Times were tough and so were the punishments dished out.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Oct
@JudyEv And the results were a great new country.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
@JamesHxstatic That's true. For some of the 'felons', it held to a wonderful new life.
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@DaddyEvil (58523)
• United States
14 Oct
One of my cousins gave me photos of our family from back when several years ago. I've scanned them into my laptop and have passed digital copies on to everyone in the family who wanted them. (It still seems weird that they wanted everyone to be... sober... when having their picture made. [Sober as in not smiling... not "not drunk"..] although they may have hoped to have people not drunk in the photos, too. )
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
Maybe it was the fashion back then to have everyone very serious.
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@DaddyEvil (58523)
• United States
14 Oct
@JudyEv @Fleura explained about that to us. She's probably right.
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@sjvg1976 (30202)
• Delhi, India
14 Oct
Nice family photograph. How old is this photo? Your cousin will appreciate it.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
My parents were married in 1937 so I guess not too many years after that.
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@allen0187 (54507)
• Philippines
14 Oct
Lovely photo! Glad that you have it.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
It's nice to have it but I don't know where it will finish up.
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@RasmaSandra (47274)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Oct
That is a nice photo such good memories. When I look at old photos I always like to train my brain to remember who everyone was,
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
I have some old photos where I don't know who anybody is.
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@RasmaSandra (47274)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Oct
@JudyEv you could try what I do when I go through old photo albums I put a photo in front of me and try to remember who everyone is then on the back I number the photo and put in a notebook the names I do remember, Just a way I train my brain, It is rather fun,
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Oct
@RasmaSandra That's a really good idea. Very occasionally, I find names written in pencil on the back.
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@Nawsheen (25113)
• Mauritius
14 Oct
That's a lovely photo. I also have photos of my great-grandparents and yes they were not smiling in these photos. I think this was the fashion these days
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@Fleura (17357)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct
In the 'old days' (early 20th century) exposing those glass photographic plates took longer, so people would have to hold the pose - it's harder to smile for a long time without moving or having it morph into a sort of grimace.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
I think so too and Fleur's explanation is very logical too.
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@Nawsheen (25113)
• Mauritius
15 Oct
@Fleura thanks for the explanation. I was not aware
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@rakski (101603)
• Philippines
14 Oct
I and my husband talked about the olden days where people were so 'not smiling' and stiff when posing for a camera
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@Fleura (17357)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct
In the 'old days' (early 20th century) exposing those glass photographic plates took longer, so people would have to hold the pose - it's harder to smile for a long time without moving or having it morph into a sort of grimace.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
You see very few old photos where the people are smiling.
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@rakski (101603)
• Philippines
15 Oct
@JudyEv yes, mostly they are serious
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@garymarsh6 (22831)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct
It is fascinating to find out the history & roots of your family. We have managed to trace my mothers family tree back to the 1500's.
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@Fleura (17357)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct
That is interesting! Tell us more! I can trace my family tree back to the late 1700s but it gets more and more difficult as there are lots of Smiths and Williamses in there and they also liked to repeat family names down the generations just to confuse us!
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
Wow, that's a long time to go back. I think it will be hard for future generations with fewer marriages, all sorts of step-families, etc. Even married couples retaining their own surnames might play havoc with people trying to trace their heritage.
@jstory07 (111592)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Oct
That is a really nice picture of your family.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
Thanks. It's interesting to see the fashions of the time - and the hairstyles.
@DocAndersen (50541)
• United States
14 Oct
that is an awesome picture!!!! when my father passed, we scanned all of his slides and pictures so we could have digital copies!
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
That was a very good idea. Even some of the damaged photos can be greatly improved with a good software programme.
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@DocAndersen (50541)
• United States
14 Oct
@JudyEv 118,000 slides and pictures scanned. we've fixed a few of them.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
@DocAndersen Oh wow!! That is a huge number. Was photography his career or just a hobby? It sounds an incredible number of photos for most families.
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@JimBo452020 (63865)
• Montrose, Scotland
13 Oct
You should indeed learn more about him Judy. I'm guessing photo late 40,s early 50,s maybe
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
You could be right but I would think perhaps a bit earlier. Mum and Dad were married in 1937 at the ages of 27 and 23. Mum was older than Dad.
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@JimBo452020 (63865)
• Montrose, Scotland
14 Oct
@JudyEv You look a bit like your grandmother. I thought your mum and dad looked maybe in their early 30,s in the photo
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
@JimBo452020 That sounds about right. My grandmother was a bit of a tartar so I hope I haven't taken on too many of her traits.
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@Fleura (17357)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct
Great photo. They all look quite young to me! Do you know when that was taken and whether it was a special occasion?
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
I don't really know any of the background of the photo. Mum and Dad were married in 1937 so it would be sometime after that.
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@LadyDuck (359845)
• Switzerland
14 Oct
I noticed that in the old photos people never smile, I wonder why. This is a beautiful photo, I have none of my grandparents young.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
It didn't seem to be the fashion to smile at the camera and Fleur's explanation makes sense.
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@LadyDuck (359845)
• Switzerland
14 Oct
@JudyEv It surely make sense, but I think that a relaxed face is easier to keep for long than a too serious face.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
@LadyDuck And, of course, now, for a passport photo, you're not allowed to smile. I don't think I know anyone who likes their passport photo.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
14 Oct
I am glad that you still have the old photo. I am not sure if my granny will give the old photos of the whole family.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
When she passes away, someone will have to have them and hopefully preserve them.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Oct
@Shavkat That's very sad for you.
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@Shavkat (114931)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@JudyEv It is fine. That's how life works in this real world.
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• United States
17 Oct
It is a great old photo. I'm wondering how many of the old family photos my mother has left; knowing her, she may have chucked them when she moved. I'm hoping not, though.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
18 Oct
If there is no-one that wants them, it's hard to know what to do with them.
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• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv I do want them. She just has a bad habit of acquiring junk and getting rid of worthwhile things. She always has.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
@sprite1950 (26931)
• Corsham, England
17 Oct
I love these old photos. I have a few like that myself. They seemed to last so much longer than the pics we produce today.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Oct
That's true. This one would be 80-90 years old.
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• United States
15 Oct
I'm sure your cousin will be happy with that photo. It is funny how no one ever smiled in those old pictures. I have some that are similar and everyone looks so much older than we look now at the same age.
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@JudyEv (255357)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Oct
They all worked a lot harder back then too, didn't they? Well, that's probably not quite true as some today work very hard but physically many were worn out before their time.
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• United States
16 Oct
@JudyEv I have to agree .
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