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You can see more examples of informal photography online, as there has been growing interest in this area over the past few years. Buzzfeed collated a good selection of images at www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/18photos-of-victorians-smiling?utm_term=.xaypJ0R11#. qaAWbylvv, for example, and the Retronaut website ( www.retronaut.com) has several (some of which were republished by Buzzfeed). You can also try Flickr for examples (such as at www.flickr.com/photos/13445260@ N05/8635728041/sizes/l/in/pool-513477@N22/) and Pinterest (try www.pinterest.co.uk/ pin/412572015842640001/). Bored Panda also has a good selection ( www.boredpanda.com/funny-victorianera-photos-silly-vintage-photography/), and PetaPixel has a few good American examples ( https://petapixel. com /2015/04/15/ the-earliest-known- photos-of-peoplesmiling/ ). Of course, if you have any examples of your Victorian or Edwardian ancestors caught being silly or funny on camera, we’d love to see your photos – why not send us one, with a description of who is shown, and whether you have any family memories of what they were like?