“In the Orkneys” (WWI)

These postcards were acquired by a British or American sailor during the First World War.  They were probably made available to the men as keepsakes of their service.  In the image above, a line of sailors is visible in the distance, probably on a brief leave to sightsee. The snowy hills on the island below... Continue Reading →

In costume in New Bedford

An oar appears for the second time on this blog in this cabinet card from New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Printing at the bottom indicates it was made at the O'Neil photography studio in the Hastings' Building.  The girls are all wearing the same Classical costume, with one holding the oar in her hand, suggesting it was... Continue Reading →

A rowing party

I wish I could share some information about this group of young people wearing paper hats and holding oars.  They seem to be very close in age. Coincidentally, their hats look similar to the cloth one worn by Walter Kleckner in his 1898 portrait at the end of the post titled "'Kangarooing' at Camp Chickamauga." ... Continue Reading →

Pick your pleasure

This family came up with a variety of ways to pass their time on vacation, from fishing and shooting to playing guitar, dominoes and at least four different board games.  Someone had the great idea to make a visual record of their activities.  Two women in the group find the idea a little embarrassing.  Some... Continue Reading →

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