Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Ghost Houses. 1890s.

Unidentified house

Unidentified house (United Kingdom)

These are favourites of mine, though I've never been able to identify the locations. The first is an idyllic domestic scene. A child and her toys take centre stage, a woman (sewing?) on a bench with two older girls, and another woman looking from a window curiously. Maybe father was the photographer. The second appears to be an elderly woman, screened from the sun by an umbrella, tended to by a maid. Maybe an old, well-to-do widow. See enlarged details below....

child toys detail

lady umbrella detail


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