Monday, June 20, 2016

The Japanese Merchant Sailor 4/4

This final set of photographs includes Miss Berry rather interestingly placed next to the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego as well as images of Union Square NYC, Panama and Paris.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Japanese Merchant Sailor 3/4

 Here we see photographs of the merchant sailor's family and a certain friend Miss Berry.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Japanese Merchant Sailor 2/4

More pictures from the first album of the the anonymous Japanese merchant sailor.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Vintage photo album - The Japanese Merchant Sailor 1/4

I bought two albums on Yahoo! Auctions about 3 years ago. They contain small photos, about 1" x  2" of a Japanese merchant sailor visiting various cities, in  particular Bordeaux, La Rochelle and New York City. There are family photos and many pics, of course, of his ships but no name!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

British seaside postcards and rough seas

These are impressive as the camera technology available over one hundred years ago would have necessitated excellent timing, and boldness, on the part of the photographer. In the postcard from Eastbourne, I am impressed how close the photographer must be standing to the railing and the waves. The foreground is scattered with seaweed or shells or rocks (?). Let's hope the camera didn't get too wet! I am also impressed by the number of folk in the background who have wandered down to see the surf. They must be getting drenched. It's a curious subject for me. I grew up in Australia in the 1970's and '80's and seaside postcards were ubiquitously of blue, blue skies with snow white beaches, suntanned bikini babes, buff lifesavers and countless yachts in spinnaker. Postcards of foul weather were simply not in the picture. But then there is no foul weather in Australia, it's always sunny. ;-)

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