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Homer at Home: 1919

Homer at Home: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Homer." The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer, aunt of Samuel Barber, and five of her six children with the composer Sidney Homer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.


In Happier Times

Like, a few minutes earlier. Or later.

A sign of the well-off

Two sets of matching coats, dresses and shoes. Not a hand-me-down in sight. Still, not a smile in sight either.

Have to give it to them

They're very even-tempered.

They look thrilled for this photo!

Except for the young lady on the left who appears indifferent.

Homers' Home

is not where the smiles are.

And not a smile among them

Maybe they were all concerned because of the strife of the World War then underway, but this does not appear to be a happy, fun-loving, smiling family, at least when they're being photographed.

Or maybe they all don't like "cheese" as the photographer probably was saying.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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