Old Toothless Man  

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Old Toothless Man The image depicts the mechanics of facial expression while Duchenne and an assistant faradize the mimetic muscles of "The Old Man"
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Old Toothless Man
The image depicts the mechanics of facial expression while Duchenne and an assistant faradize the mimetic muscles of "The Old Man"

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Old toothless man[1] (1862) is the informal title for a photo from a photo session of an experiment by French neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne. The photo was taken by young photographer Adrien Tournachon, the brother of Felix Nadar and published in Mechanism of Human Physiognomy (1862).

The image depicts the mechanics of facial expression while Duchenne and an assistant faradize the mimetic muscles of "The Old Man" (“un vieillard édenté, à la face maigre, dont les traits, sans être absolument laids, approchent de la trivialité, … et son intelligence assez bornée.”). Translated in English this reads as an "old toothless man, with a thin face, whose features, without being absolutely ugly, approached ordinary triviality." (tr. Andrew Cuthbertson).

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