Are we having fun yet?

I love vintage photographs, especially of everyday folk showing off for the camera.  The past cloaks people with an aura of charm, beauty and 'interestingness' which is often missing from the endless parade of photographs you see of contemporary life.  They can be happy, formal or whatnot, but I find there is always a shadow of melancholy in these old snaps.   Time passing, I guess, makes us all a little ponderous.