History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

23 March, 2011

The Silliness of Former Days

We've had a few very moving posts, so let's have a break from the serious emotions and turn to something fun. Specifically, people having fun, and being silly. Sometimes it's hard to imagine people in the past being silly, especially back in the day when any people we do see were painted, and thus presented in a particular way. Luckily photography came, and with it that familiar urge to do something silly for the camera!


Making faces in his 50s in the 1940s. The best part? He is the Science Service biology editor of the Smithsonian. Source

George Eastman House

You invent photography, and then you have to invent trick photography, naturally! c. 1880 Source

US National Archives

Playing with the laminate foil in the 1950s! Source

National Library of Scotland

British soldier juggling plates, WWI. Source

Oregon State University

Man sitting on ground with newspaper around neck. Why? I don't think anyone will ever know. c.1900-1909. [update! Three years on, I've discovered this was in fact a common visual pun of the time period-- it's "breaking the news." Groan!)   Source

1 comment:

Ana said...

I love the backwards one.

They all put a smile on my face ^_^ .

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