40 Pictures 40 Years [Updated]

Well, they still look unhappy, don't they?

Posted by Rob De Witt at October 5, 2014 9:51 PM

The photos are worth thousands of words.

1975 — they didn't know what lie ahead for them, how could they?

2014 — roads travelled, lessons learned; thirty-nine years and they weren't all good years, were they?

1975, my grandchildren. 2014 my contemporaries.

Posted by chasmatic at October 5, 2014 11:26 PM

Just think if they had managed to smile!

Posted by Joan of Argghh! at October 6, 2014 7:16 AM

That's pretty brutal.

Posted by pbird at October 6, 2014 7:19 AM

Despite their refusal to smile these gals should realize just how fortunate they are that they are all still here.

Posted by jack at October 6, 2014 7:43 AM

You know what I'm going to say, right?

Posted by Will at October 6, 2014 8:08 AM

They look to me as being man haters. Pissed-off dykes.

Posted by Terry at October 6, 2014 8:08 AM

Very interesting... gives one a sense of mortality..

Posted by Bill Henry at October 6, 2014 3:22 PM

Holy cow. I never knew there were so many misogynists. I looked at the photos and got a good vibe about the women, young and as they aged.
'Tis true, I have had bad luck with women in the past, problems caused by them or by me. I was a jerk back in the day. Uh, no response needed on that one, thank you.
God finally put a good woman in my life and it is the best thing that ever happened to both of us. The bad days we have now are like the good days each of us used to have.

You guys squawking about the women bad this, not good that, let me humbly suggest you look in the mirror? We usually reap what we sow. What'd you expect, a free lunch?

OK soapbox off.

Posted by chasmatic at October 7, 2014 12:41 AM

Judging from the scowls, demeanor and dress in the first picture it appears to me that these women have already ingested whole the feminist puke. The latter photo sans even a hint of joy seems to make my case.

Posted by Denny at October 7, 2014 8:27 AM

I'm with Chasmatic on this one. Read the link and google Bebe Nixon.

Posted by Van der Leun at October 7, 2014 8:39 AM

I hear what you and Chas are saying, Mr. Van der Leun, but geez, you cant' buy a smile from these women, and it's the same with all their pictures through the years. Maybe they were told not to smile for the sake of the pictures or maybe they have bad teeth or something.

Posted by D S Craft at October 7, 2014 8:57 AM

As you intuit I don't think that stems from the sisters but from the photographer in the main. I think it got started that way and he simply reminded them so that it would track from year to year after he got rolling.

The sisters, you will note, choose the shot year after year.

Posted by Van der Leun at October 7, 2014 9:26 AM

Oh, but I like their solemn expressions. It's protective.

Posted by Deborah HH at October 7, 2014 2:38 PM

A very challenging set of pictures. If they make you see things you weren't looking for, and do end-runs around all your biases, then that's good.

Or, instead of the Brown Sisters, just call it New England Gothic. Not iconic, but the dour determination still comes through.

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