In old photos, the people look like aliens

This post was written by guest blogger Carrie Hoffman.

I’ve always loved pictures of dead people because they look like nobody I’ve ever seen, like just a hundred and fifty years ago, the people were of a different species. I wonder if it’s the clothing, or the technology, or just that we’ve evolved ever-so slightly that it’s detectable to me. The women, in particular, interest me because of how hard-looking and tough they seem when everything you read suggests delicacy and femininity.

Anyway, I have always liked looking at daugerreotypes, and happened upon the website for The Daguerrian Society, where you can view lots of wonderful examples. Here’s one of my favorites:

alien from the past

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