Enter The Smiling Victorian. An old friend of mine share a link that led me to this group on Flickr that collects Edwardian and Victorian photographs with smiling subjects. Even a slight smile will do, so long as one does not look entirely drab.
I especially love the number of images I found of sisters together, smiling of course, apparently happy to be with each other. Most of the writing from the Victorian and Edwardian eras that I've encountered is something much less than happy, so I am happy to come across something that shows that at least a few people--women in particular, if you go through the set--were smiling, at least long enough for a photo, and that really is something.
*Of course, most people know and acknowledge that this isn't completely true, but it's an idea that pops up quite frequently.
Perhaps you'll be as intrigued by this one and that one as I am. There must be a story involved, but do you think we'll ever be able to know it? Maybe I'll invent it. I've been looking for a good story to write.