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.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Here and there. Emigrants and travellers.

Woman and child. Hove, East Sussex.

We think of the 19th century as a time when most people didn't travel as much as we do now, but evidence of long-range travel or emigration still finds its way into the flea markets. This mother and child were photographed here in England, in Hove, and then around a year later, with the baby slightly grown, in New Zealand, photographed by the Wrigglesworth and Binns studio.

The chap below appears in Davidson's studio in Edinburgh and then not long before or afterwards (it's difficult to tell), apparently wearing the same jacket, in Morse's studio in San Francisco, California. We can date this one quite accurately because Morse was active at that address from 1881 to 1884.

Emigrant family. New Zealand.

Man. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Man. Morse studio. San Francisco, California.


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