A long, long time ago getting your photograph taken was serious business. You made an appointment with the photographer and awaited the big day.
The men slicked back their hair and put on their best suit coat, the ladies fixed their hair and always wore their best dress. The photograph would be sent to relatives far away..often so that they could see how well you were doing in America.
In early photography, the exposure time was such that the people had to hold really still. Sometimes the photographer would place a wooden posing stand behind you to help you hold your pose. They never smiled because a smile could not be held for the 30 to 60 seconds that was required for an exposure. They also did not have access to dental care.
Photography years ago was boring, stiff and showed no personality. Having your photo taken was a very serious solemn occasion. After all your parents and possibly even your grandparents would be showing it off to all their friends.
My youngest smiling grandson Adam..these photos remain favorites of mine. Every time I look at them I smile, sometimes I laugh out loud. Adam smiles like no one else.
I took these photographs last fall, when Jen and I went through the photos..she was discouraged..then I began to laugh and so did she. I am so glad I did not delete the real smiley ones:)