Say Cheese: Incredibly Rare 19th Century Portrait Of A Native American Woman SMILING

An incredibly rare 19th century portrait that captures a woman smiling is winning praise online for bucking the trend of the time which called for photo subjects to who little or no emotion.

The image, which was taken in 1894 by photographer George W. Bretz, from Oklahoma, shows Native American O-o-dee of the Kiowa people grinning happily at the camera.

Photo: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institute

The woman pictured here is O-o-dee from the Kiowa tribe native to the Great Plains, who, as you can see, bares a marvelous smile to the camera. The 130-year-old photograph was recently unearthed at an auction and found a home at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives. George Bretz was the photographer who snapped the incredible shot along with others at his Fort Sill, Oklahoma, studio.

According to the catalog data, O-o-dee is dressed in the native garb of the Kiowa people: a belted buckskin dress with elk-teeth adorning the front. She was the daughter of “old lady Blackowl” and was wed to “Red Buffalo.” She stands against a draped plank with her electrifying grin on full display. This facial expression seems quite jarring compared to most photos of the era, where stern-faced subjects hold themselves with a severe disposition. So this makes us wonder—why was this the case? Was there a specific reason to look serious?

There are a few explanations, actually. Some theories include hiding the signs of poor dental hygiene, while others address the notoriously slow wait times between camera shots, making people settle for neutral visages to avoid straining to say cheese. But one likely reason is that the stoic poses were trendy. People in the 19th century admired the look of formal portraits, and the cost of acquiring one from a skilled photographer seemed to warrant a sober countenance. Much like the selfies of the social media age, it was the popular aesthetic of the time. We can only imagine how people will view our Instagram feeds 100 years from now!

This photo was taken in 1894, and the black and white image took our collective breaths away. It also caught the internet by storm last year, with commenters left awestruck by the woman’s uncanny modernity. One wrote, “A smile brings a whole new level of humanity to old photos.” We may not know much about the woman herself, but the photo undoubtedly gives us a snapshot view of who she was. Worth a thousand words, indeed!

What do you think of this historical photo? Do you know of similar pictures in your own family? Let’s hear about them in the comments!

Same Crocodile, Same Place 15 Years Apart- Steve Irwin’s Son Recreates His Father’s Most Iconic Photo

We are living in a world that nothing is guaranteed forever. due to extreme pollution and global warming and harmful thing happening the earth is becoming a big mess. Not only for humans but also for animals. They have been massively going on extinct and unprotected by human harm and evilness.

Nonetheless, the rates of extinction that are currently taking place are actually comparable to the rates that took place when dinosaurs were wiped off of the face of the planet.

However, there is still a ray of hope when it comes to people who actually care about other beings except themselves.

I bet Everyone knows the late, great Steve Irwin. He left behind an incredible legacy. He was a crocodile hunter with a heart of gold. Now, his loved ones are doing their best to carry on the tradition. His children Robert and Bindi have continued their conservation efforts. Irwin’s wife Terri is also heavily involved.

1. Steve Irwin was a crocodile hunter and an activist for wild animal rights.

The Irwin family at the Australia Zoo in June 2006: (L-R) Robert, Terri, Steve, and Bindi
Photo: Australia Zoo via Getty Images

When we remember steve we see that all he ever wanted was that all the animals in the Australian Zoo where he used to work to be treated with the utmost respect. If these animals are not given the chance to hunt down moving prey, they are more likely to become extinct. That’s why the efforts of trained handlers are important. Without their assistance, the crocodiles are unable to feed in the proper manner.

His son Murray made a recreation photo like his father did but 15 years after a very iconic photo of his father feeding the same crocodile. Now, Robert is the one who is responsible for his welfare. The Instagram post went viral and was liked by every animal lover out there. And Robert hopes he can shed light to everyone about animal rights welfare.

Richard Giles

2.

3. His wife and two childrens are continuing his legacy

3.

Related Articles:

Bindi Irwin Gives Her Daughter ‘Her First Australia Zoo Khakis’ for 1-month Birthday Celebration

10+ Cool X-rays Pics That Oregon Zoo Shared on The Internet After Their Animal’s Health Check

30+ Wild Animals Delightfully Interfering Wildlife Photographers




    Pin It on Pinterest