King Lear and Cordelia?

When I saw this cabinet card from the United Kingdom, I immediately assumed it must have come from a Victorian production of Shakespeare's King Lear.  The tragic play revolves around the relationship between the king and his youngest daughter, Cordelia.  I spent some time looking for images of historical productions of the play, but found... Continue Reading →

Love in silhouette

This carte-de-visite came to me from England (Northamptonshire), but it has nothing written on it to identify the sitter or photographer.  The photo (print) was cut into an oval shape and glued onto a paper mount with an oval frame design already printed on it.  Such cartes were generally made after someone had died, as... Continue Reading →

The sisters

This cabinet card came to me from Bath, England, but it has nothing written on it to give us a clue as to its origins.  Two women stand protectively behind a third, who is seated in a wheelchair.  The three resemble each other so closely that they must be sisters.  Posed in a triangle, they... Continue Reading →

Four young women with Union Jack

These college-age women have a determined air about them, as if they're on a mission.  They've arranged themselves around a pedestal with a Union Jack flag draped over it, adding a patriotic aspect to the portrait and perhaps suggesting political activism.  Were they participants in the women's suffrage movement?  What does the ribbon on the... Continue Reading →

Partners

This photograph came from a dealer in Llangefni, Wales, who didn't know where it had originated.  It appears to be a gelatin silver print, mounted on heavy cardboard, and I'd guess it was made around 1900. Although the photo isn't particularly old, the image has a timeless quality.  Nothing about it looks modern or industrial.... Continue Reading →

Road trip #2 (UK)

This small snapshot came from England, but with no information about who's in it or where it was taken. Notice the can of Shell gas on the running board below.  These gals were prepared.   The camper (called a caravan in the UK) is a Car Cruiser model from the 1920s.  You can see a... Continue Reading →

“Princess Victoria” renamed “Princess Mary” for one day (Feb. 28, 1922)

Built in 1914 at Swindon Works in Wiltshire, England, the steam locomotive Princess Victoria (4048) remained in service until 1953.  On February 28, 1922, HRH Princess Mary was to marry Viscount Lascelles, future Earl of Harewood.  A locomotive was required for the royal train.  The logical choice would have been an existing engine in the... Continue Reading →

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