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100-year-old funny face photos found in Northumberland

Who said the Victorians had no sense of humour? Photo: Woodhorn

Pulling faces for the camera isn't anything new if these fascinating photographs from over 100 years ago are anything to go by.

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The newly unearthed pictures from the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn Museum, in Ashington, show the ancestors were certainly up for a laugh.

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And perhaps the most fascinating set of images are the series of Northumbrian natives making odd faces for the camera - although the date of these pictures is not known.

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The collection has been compiled by the museum working with Chris Wild - who founded the past pictures website Retronaut.

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He has spent the past year mining the photographic collection of the Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives for fascinating treasure trove which will be exhibited from September 27.

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Chris, 44, from Oxfordshire, said:

I started Retronaut four years ago. Ever since I was a young boy, I have wanted to go back in time. When I was working in museums, I started to see early colour photographs. These photographs didn't look like 'the past', the colour made them look like 'now' - but another version of now.

These pictures gave me the closest experience to time-travel I had had. I started to collect them, and other pictures that had a similar effect. The collection became Retronaut.

– Chris Wild
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Chris said the photographs of people pulling faces in the archive were perhaps the most fascinating aspect of his research.

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