One of my favorite things to find in an antique store is a stack of old candid photos. I love looking at all the details and trying to figure out what year the picture was taken, what was going on in the lives of the people in the photos.
I stumbled across the best website called Square America and it is a collection of old photos - exactly the kind I love best. The photos are sorted into different galleries that you can view as a slide show.
I have no idea how I managed to find this site - it was one of those down the rabbit hole type of searches.
Take the photo above - there is so much going on. It makes me very uneasy, looking at this picture. First of all that man in the background is so menacing. What is he lunging at? The poor kid next to him is just cringing. And the baby yowling in the woman's arms. That woman looks like she would like nothing better than to put that baby down and spend the afternoon at a day spa, being fussed and preened over.
Of course the man might just be tossing a stick for the dog to fetch and there isn't anything menacing at all.
What do you think? First day of school? Getting ready for church? I love their identical shoes and their identical postures. Do you think the one second from the left is unhappy because he got stuck with long sleeves and everyone else has short?
At first I though this next one was taken on a cold snowy day but then realized they aren't really dressed for snow. They must be standing on a sand dune. I bet they were on a road trip and stopped for the photo opportunity. Go check out the site - you will be entertained for hours.