(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Awkward Family Photo

The Thomas and Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis Family

What was going on in this picture? 

The best photos are sometimes the awkward ones, the ones that went slightly wrong and no one did what they were “supposed” to do.

The time would have been about 1920 or so.  Imagine the McGinnises, sitting comfortably at the table after dinner one Sunday evening and engrossed in conversation, when someone apparently had an idea to capture the moment. 

Clearly, not all were amused. 

Here are some possible captions for this photo:

“That’s right, we won the right to vote!”
“But we’ve never been to a speakeasy!”

“Next year, let’s all wear matching t-shirts.”

“Johnny’s in loooove!”


Left to right, back row:  Edith (Hoag) McGinnis, Thomas and Mary Jane Gaffney)McGinnis, Eileen Kelly; front row:  Benita, John and Alice McGinnis. Photo
may have been taken by Eugene McGinnis, one of the McGinnis siblings. McGinnis family home, 8336 Drexel Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, between 1919 – 1921.
From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.

Come on, readers.  What do you think the caption should be?


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