History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

25 February, 2012

The Streets of Sydney, 1888

Another series of candid snapshots of people out and about... this time in the 19th century [c. 1885-1890, actually; I averaged], and Sydney, Australia! The State Library of New South Wales, from which these are drawn, states these are probably taken with a hidden camera-- even better, eh?










































Out walking the pet duck. Source



Taking a ride on the sheep. Source


















5 comments:

Issy said...

Wow! They are amazing! I love 19th century clothing, but I feel so sorry for those ladies wearing all those layers in hot weather! I love the photo with the duck pulling a small cart, though do feel sorry for the duck!! :)

Lorna McKenzie said...

Fabulous inspiration for dressing in 1880s style on the Sydney streets, so familiar and so alien all at once, thanks!

Cameron Robertson said...

The pictures look great! I would prefer it if we could have a little bit of a description for each photo though. These people could be doing just about anything during that time period in Sydney - a little blurb might be perfect to give us a good idea about what exactly..

Cameron said...

These are fabulous pictures.

Anna said...

I'd love to know what they're doing too! Unfortunately I don't think anyone took notes. The record at the Library of New South Wales, which holds the original photographs, has a couple more details about the photographer (http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=442936), but the subjects themselves will probably always be a mystery.

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