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Tête-à-Tête: 1912

Tête-à-Tête: 1912

Washington, D.C., circa 1912. "Unidentified group." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

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Gramma's expression

I dunno, I don't see anything sinister at all; in fact, it has the character of the more relaxed kind of photo posing we see today, and a real rarity in studio portraiture of its period. The kid, of course, looks understandably intimidated by the unfamiliar surroundings, not to mention the gigantic camera.

Another happy customer

Just another day of fun family memories down at the portrait studio. It has all the things kids like - waiting around, standing still, being quiet, and getting bear-hugged by an unfamiliar relative.

Oh, Grandmother!

What big teeth you have!

The better to eat you with!

"Do I have to?"

Oh the look of betrayal on that little one's face -- "Please don't ever leave me with her" it implores. And Grandma's "I could eat you right up" looks like she could. Oh the story in this picture.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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