New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

By Rachel Brazil
Eddy County Museum Archivist 

Archival Anecdotes: So many photographs, so few smiles


February 15, 2021

A woman seems to crack a small smile amid the chaos. This unidentified family made a full affair out of family photo day, complete with elaborate Edwardian hats, their large dog, and baby doll in a buggy.

In the early 1900s, having your portrait captured on film was a rare occurrence. Posing for a picture was an all out event, complete with dramatic staging and bright lights.

With all the excitement, you'd think people might smile once in a while. Aside from the occasional smirk, portraits of this era seem undeniably stoic. And there was good reason.

Many assume this is because the exposure ti...

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