Why do Victorian People Not Smile in Photos?

Photo by Bart van Dijk on Unsplash

When you look at old 19th and early 20th century photos, most people aren’t smiling.

The general belief is that they didn’t. People look very dour even in things like wedding photos. So it must be that smiling wasn’t a thing. It’s even been said that they were miserable people who never actually smiled.

Long Exposure Times and Smiles

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