Daily Victorian : A Good Book And A Black Crepe Dress

This is a Cabinet Card which must date from the last decade of the nineteenth century and it comes from the Kingston-On-Thames studio of Fred Palmer. Written on the reverse is "Gt Grandma Hinton (Watts)". I have had a quick look to see if I can see any obvious descendants, and not been able to … Continue reading Daily Victorian : A Good Book And A Black Crepe Dress

Daily Victorian : Halifax – Blackpool Axis

This is another studio portrait from the Halifax photographer, Edgar Gregson. Gregson had studios in both the seaside resort of Blackpool and the Yorkshire textile town of Halifax, which, on the surface, seems like a strange combination. By the later part of the Victorian period, however, mill workers were beginning to benefit from bank holidays … Continue reading Daily Victorian : Halifax – Blackpool Axis

Daily Victorian : Dressed Up In Ludlow

These days certain activities have become everyday events. We can take endless photographs with our smart phones without a second thought. We can walk into a supermarket and buy a change of clothes for little more than the cost of a packed lunch. For a Victorian Lady, however, a new dress would mark a milestone … Continue reading Daily Victorian : Dressed Up In Ludlow

Daily Victorian : A Working Man From Brighouse

Today, our Daily Victorian has the look of a working man about him. Class can be an important aid in dating early photographs : in the 1850s the subjects tended to be the famous, in the 1860s and 1870s it was the rich and then the middle classes, and by the 1880s and 1890s prices … Continue reading Daily Victorian : A Working Man From Brighouse

Daily Victorian : Under Distinguished Patronage In Sheffield

If you take a man away from his desk for a week and isolate him in the Scottish wilderness with nothing to do other than sample rare malt whisky, he gets to thinking up new projects he can embark on when he returns to the safety of his study. For some reason, I decided to … Continue reading Daily Victorian : Under Distinguished Patronage In Sheffield