Wordless Wednesday: another Dove family portrait

Arthur Dove with children Hazel and Mary (standing), Tom (seated) and wife Isabella Lietze. c. 1930-31, Southland New Zealand.

Arthur Dove with children Hazel and Mary (standing), Tom (seated) and wife Isabella Lietze. c. 1930-31, Southland New Zealand.

Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers.

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14 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: another Dove family portrait

    • No, as a general rule smiling was not the thing. Although to be fair, with old style silver-plate photographs which had long exposure times, smiling for that long probably looked liked more like a grimace. I don’t know what the photographic technique was on this photo, but maybe the “don’t smile” thing was a hangover from earlier times.

      • I hadn’t thought about the long exposures. Maybe that was it. People in other countries think we smile too much now. It is funny that we think we have to smile all the time when the camera comes out. πŸ™‚

  1. πŸ™‚ the whole cultural thing around photos is interesting. I wonder if the “smile for the camera” is an artifact of the growth of home cameras, and dads (it usually was dad who had the camera) trying to show the world that all was well with the family. I remember being a particularly miserable small child who loathed being photographed (stlll do actually) and being constantly told to smile when I just wanted to disappear.

    • She does! She reminds me very much of one of the Big T’s cousins – a granddaughter of Mary’s. And the photos of Hazel when she was very young remind me of this particular cousin’s young daughter. Family resemblance is a wonderful thing.

    • Isn’t she gorgeous? She is the only one of the Big T’s aunts I never met, but from what I know, she sounds (like most of the members of that family) pretty amazing.

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