This is a CdV of an unknown man from the studio of the photographer, Archibald Griffin Rider. It obviously dates from the period shortly after he moved his studio from Southampton to Winchester which appears to be in the 1870s.
Saturday, 7 January 2017
Beautiful young women and fast cars - there is something almost magnetic in the combination, some attraction that brings the two together. This is nothing new, it's as old as carburettors themselves. This is a re-scan of an old medium format negative of obscure provenance. I would guess - from the car, the clothes and the hair styles - that it was taken in the late 1920s, and there is something about the scene which suggests that it might be English.
Friday, 6 January 2017
There is something unnaturally curvy about this young woman whose photograph was taken at the studios of Scherer & Engler in Dresden, Germany. My best guess at a date would be the late 1870s or early 1880s. The back of the CdV is a delight in itself.
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
At a guess, I would say that this was taken in the 1920s. I like the idea that the three people stood to one side so that the row of houses is visible. I like the idea that the photographer avoids the telegraph pole out of the head syndrome. But most of all I like the overcoat the chap on the left is wearing. That is an overcoat and a half; an overcoat that can be handed down between generations, an overcoat that has kept a mill-full of weavers occupied for a month.
Monday, 2 January 2017
Say hello to Mr A Davis of 14 James Street in Covent Garden, London. He shouldn't really be featured in a blog devoted to unknown faces from unknown places, because his provenance is writ large in pencil on the reverse of the photograph. But somewhere between the confident smile of a man-about town in the 1930s and now, Mr Davis got lost and ended up in my box of old photographs. Re-touched, re-scanned and refreshed, he is now ready to face the world again.