Body language in another old photo of a married couple

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Above are two of my maternal ancestors, a husband and wife in their younger years. I have seen this particular body language before, for example in modern role playing of old-style marriage photos: that is, the man looks directly at the camera, and the wife looks into the distance, as if contemplating the future.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Especially what to expect in the marriage bed. Anxiety-provoking for any woman.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on August 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Well, I suspect that photo was taken after that stage.

      The dangers of childbirth were probably of more concern.

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      • Posted by Jim on August 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm

        Have any idea when this photo was taken?

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on August 23, 2016 at 3:50 am

        The couple were married in 1841, both probably at the age of 30. The photo is described as being “in their younger years.”

        So, given their appearance, I would guess about 1845.

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