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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Say 'Jeeze, That Hurts!'

Photo restorer Carolyn Schultz explains why there are so few pictures of 19th-century children smiling:

"Because children fidgeted all the time, photographers had a brace that they would put around their waist. A metal rod would go up the middle of their back and clasp around their neck," Schultz says, grimacing. "In some pictures, you can see the rods poking up from behind their ears. It kept their heads still, but it would often make them cry because it was painful. They had to hold that pose for more than five minutes." [Link]

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