Ransom Riggs over at mental_floss has created a nice post of found snapshots. "One thing I’ve found a lot of," he writes, "is photos where people have written deprecating things—usually about themselves—on the back. 'I look so fat here!' is a shockingly common theme; I guess people were as concerned with their weight (and as self-conscious about pictures of themselves) fifty and sixty years ago as they are today."
I agree with him about the poignancy of the "sad and plain" one (the plaintive cry of the self in the world), and "Pardon the beak!" is funny.
A nice little set. I hope the book goes well. It reminds me I've been meaning to write a group review of a bunch of snapshot books—but that would require finding them all, which would be a formidable task around this place. (Good thing my house is small: it limits the amount of disorganization possible.)
(Thanks to John Hogg)
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