Couple out back

By: usermattw

Nov 25 2012

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Category: Pairs


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What it is:

Photo measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Undated and unidentified.  It is printed on Velox paper, which would roughly date it to the 1940s-50s, but I would have guessed that anyway just by looking at it.


The rather desolate setting and the angle of the lighting combine to give this image more of a moodiness than was probably intended.  Sometimes I like this picture in spite of the moodiness, and sometimes I like this picture because of it.

14 comments on “Couple out back”

  1. A serviceman home on leave during the War?? There was probably a bittersweet undertone to the picture.

  2. Has an East Coast feel.

  3. OMG, her hair!!! When you see this style done for movies and tv shows it looks exaggerated and over the top. She looks like she is wearing a caricature of the style. Great pic.

    • Nope, not a caricature, her hair is the real deal. I have no idea how such a style developed (though if she’s wearing a snood, there are theories behind that), but it’s always so interesting to see styles fully realized.

  4. They look so serious. She, especially, has an expression of being imperious. And what an odd place to take a picture! Maybe they weren’t supposed to be together for some reason…. oh, the possibilities….

  5. They both look sad to me…maybe they were about to part? Or maybe I’ve just watched too many WWII movies!

    • I know what you mean. We all bring different things to looking at these photos, and sometimes it’s hard to separate our own experiences from what we are seeing here.

  6. These are like characters from a cartoon. I’m thinking “Senor Droopy” (with the Spanish n). Interserting, as ever.

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