“A Galician Family”

UPDATE: Detail image added below. Galicia was a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire created from land taken from Poland during the First Partition of Poland in 1772.  It ceased to exist as an administrative entity after the First World War with the dismantling of Austria-Hungary.  Most of the territory was incorporated into the new Republic... Continue Reading →

Family in Brussels

This carte-de-visite was made by the studio of Albert Baron & César Mitkewicz in Brussels (Bruxelles), Belgium.  The mother's gaze engages the viewer while the father's seems unfocused.  The two sisters pose affectionately as the younger one reads from a book.  

A racket in the garden

This is the second photo on this blog showing a family in the UK in their garden with rackets.  Well, only one racket, but they seem to be having plenty of fun, anyway.  This is a cabinet card, while the photo I uploaded a month ago was a smaller carte-de-visite (Tennis and tea in Hampshire,... Continue Reading →

Mountain farm (Carpathian?)

My guess would be that the photo on this postcard was taken in Eastern Europe, possibly in the Carpathian mountains.  The Carpathians stretch from Czechia down through parts of Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Romania, with Romania containing just over half the range (51%). At first glance the buildings seem to be in some disrepair,... 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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