Archival Anecdotes: So many photographs, so few smiles
February 15, 2021
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...