I’ve written before about how I’m not a fan of the family photo du jour that seems to be dominating the walls and hearts and minds of families across America.
You can read my rant – Just Your Average Family Hanging Around On A Sofa In The Orchard – about plush couches lugged out into random orchards and then sat upon by smiling families dressed in matching Anthropologie sweaters. But listen, if you’re averse to salty language you may just want to skip ahead to the most excellent slideshow featuring family photos from every decade in the 20th century.
I’ve been reading a lot of novels that take place in the thirties and forties. These fictional creations feature families, characters created so beautifully by authors that I was inspired to Google “family photos 1940′s” to get an idea of the type of folks about whom I was reading. The images my search procured are beyond cool. Unsmiling faces staring out into the camera, somber exteriors belying… well, belying what? Inner turmoil? Bad marriages? Economic strife? Who knows?
One thing is for sure, it’s fascinating to observe not only how wardrobes change throughout the decades, but also note how and where families pose for photos. From austere settings draped with dark cloths to lounging in front of the family car or perched on a couch in a living room or, yes, an orchard. The technological advances in photography and cameras also obviously play a large role in the types of photos produced.
Take a look:
You can also find Monica Bielanko on her personal blog, The Girl Who
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