History's Best Smilers, We've Been Practicing For Awhile

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JPK Huson 1863

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Bringing back the smilers for more. It's that time of year- who can't dredge one up for Valentine's Day? Besides, just read yet another discussion ( not here ) alllll about how no one smiled for era photos. Ahem.

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She's awesome.
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This happy Dad is just post-war, who knows? Could be a vet pretty darn happy to have lived through the whole thing AND have a family to show for it.

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And what's Valentine's Day without a smiling bride on her wedding day? I have to say, out of all the wedding photos in my file ( a LOT ) a few are just priceless.
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Hand's down favorite- his smile! Someone wrestled that groom into his wedding suit, gave up on his hair and they lived happily ever after. You just know it.
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JPK Huson 1863

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You know, between reading a LOT of fall-down-funny stuff in era newspapers and getting a look at some of our ancestors here I'm a little convinced we were much funnier ( and appreciated it more ) 150 years ago. In 2020 we tend to take ourselves and everyone else much too seriously.

We're hilarious around 100 times a day, all of us. It can get you in trouble pointing it out, though.
 
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Martha Ann Erskine Ricks, born a slave in Tennessee in 1817, her father bought his family's freedom and they emigrated to Liberia. In 1848, she and her husband accompanied Liberia's first president on a visit to the U.S. and to England. Many years later she would return to London and an audience with Queen Victoria.
@donna introduced us to her nearly nine years ago:
 
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JPK Huson 1863

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Her Majesty would occasionally show her amusement

OK, anyone else feel the need to investigate Victoria's mohawk? Genuinely dislike poking fun at people and don't mean to- between her nicely flattened hair and this singular style of head wear, poor thing looks like she's sporting a mohawk.

Can't figure out her ' hat '. New favorite!
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