The Past



The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

L. P. Hartley   1895-1972 

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Monochrome Monday - 5th January



This old photograph was taken on the Isle of Man about a hundred years ago - in the early 1900's.

Sorry about the quality - a bit of tear and wear and coffee stains by the look of it.

One of the ladies is my grandfather's first wife and her sister. Not grand people - I assume the clothes were provided in those days by the photographer and used only for the posing of the photograph.

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13 comments:

Carver said...

What a classic shot and especially cool that it's family.

Greyscale Territory said...

That photo must be quite a blast from the past for you! I imagine even how and why this photo was set up would make for an intriguing story.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I never knew photographers provided clothing for the photograph! Learned something!

Catherine said...

What a wonderful picture to present. Perfect for today.
You explained me something because I have some old pictures too, and didn't realize that dresses could have been lent by the photographer. I was wondering how my family members could afford it.

Aileni said...

Babooshka will love this.

babooshka said...

Isle of Man! Now this is very interesting to me as the Ramsey Daily Blogger. I note it is Douglas Head written in the corner. Fascinating how blogging world's collide.

starnitesky said...

I love these classic posed photographs. Photography must have been such a wonder in those days.

shutterhappyjenn said...

I love their clothes! Why don't we wear clothes like that anymore?

My mono photo is posted here. Please have a look if you have time. Thanks.

gmj said...

Cool, I didn't know they supplied the clothes.. I have some of my ancestors too. Humm.. Thanks for the picture and the info. great mono.

uncleawang said...

A very beautiful classic photo.
Happ New Year.

Liz said...

They do look grand!

michael bird said...

Ah, the good old days. Well, maybe not but the costumes are elaborate. Tks for the trip into the long ago past...

Daryl said...

What a wonderful piece of family history!

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