Here’s another occupational carte-de-visite from England. It looks like an early one, maybe early 1870s.
At the mouth of the River Tyne on the North Sea, South Shields was a major shipbuilding center from the 1850s onward. The photo was taken in an industrial setting, possibly a shipyard, by a photographer from the studio of Ainsley & Runciman on Ocean Road.
The women in this first close-up are wearing interesting outfits:
The man standing to the right of them has had one leg amputated:
To see the entire image in high resolution, click on either thumbnail below, then select “View full size” in the lower right of your screen. Please comment on anything that catches your eye: