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    Pose with hand inserted in coat

    http://www.mikelynaugh.com/VirtualCi.../Anderson.html

    The above image is from the Civil war. That site has many interesting images from the civil war, probably wet plates?

    Anyway, the pose--with the hand inserted into the partially unbuttoned coat--I have seen that in lots of old pictures. What's the explanation? Did people put their hand in their coat like that as a matter of course and the photographs just reflect a popular pose, such as a pose with the hands in the pockets?
    f/22 and be there.

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    I've read it has to do with Freemasonry. Who knows for sure?
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    First google result for: hand in coat pose
    http://www.napoleon-series.org/faq/c_hand.html

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    Similar to the question of why some tuck their tie in between the buttons on their shirt. Some say this is the proper dress for certain military situations, but even so, the question is how did these styles and poses get started.

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    i heard that it had started with paintings. hands were hard to recreate so they were asked to be tucked into the jacket. I guess the look stayed popular for photographs as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee L View Post
    First google result for: hand in coat pose
    http://www.napoleon-series.org/faq/c_hand.html
    *******
    All that artistic tradition notwithstanding, we APUGers know the REAL reason:
    those gents were actually photographing the photographer. They are reaching in to trip the shutter on their waistcoat-button, cravat- knot, or stick-pin hidden- cameras, dontchaknow! (wink).
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Maybe he had cold hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
    *******
    All that artistic tradition notwithstanding, we APUGers know the REAL reason:
    those gents were actually photographing the photographer. They are reaching in to trip the shutter on their waistcoat-button, cravat- knot, or stick-pin hidden- cameras, dontchaknow! (wink).
    Actually they were all garment QC people, checking button spacing and stitching quality.

    Lee

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    It probably makes it easier to hold still for the (in modern terms) long time exposure.

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    The clear answer is, obviously, that these photographs were done by early paparazzi. The hand was placed inside the coat because, due to the proper decorum of the time, publicly displaying a middle finger would have been a huge socail faux pas for the subject.

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