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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Old Couple

Old Couple

Another negative I scanned that actually came out well. No reference as to who they are. Judging from clothing, 1910's to early 20's. View full size.

May be in their forties

Their faces look unlined and quite youthful if you can get beyond the vintage clothing and rocking chairs. I think that people used to look much older many years ago as they probably didn't make a career out of 'looking good' as they do now. Even in the 1950's movies about teens and high school kids, they all look older than today's high schoolers.

 
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