Ever come across a grainy black-and-white portrait dating back to your great grandmother's prime and asked yourself why they always looked so sullen, or sad, or just downright miserable? Turns out there's actually a perfectly reasonable explanation for all the straight faces in old photographs, and no, it wasn't because of The Great Depression or whatever economic catastrophe was adrift at that time.

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Find out the real reason below. It's not as grim as you'd think!

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