Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Edwardian Scotland

While doing some research on Edwardian Scotland, I came across the amazing archives of The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).  You can view the Edwardian archive photos here... All photos are copyright of RCAHMS.

Here are a few of my favourites of ladies from the time period.

This is a fantastic shooting party photo which brings to mind that episode in Downton Abbey!  The photo is titled 'Pearsons, Bells, Watsons on the Williamwood Moss', 'The glorious 12th 1912':


Here's another one that reminds me of the Downton Abbey hunting party episode:

This photo was taken outside of Duchal House in Renfrewshire.

Here's an iconic Scottish photo if I ever saw one:


I just adore her hat and the scenery is fantastic (hasn't changed much).  This was taken at Braid Hills in 1902.

Here's a cute picture of two women swimming (sisters?):

Those waters definitely look cold and rough!

I really love this woman's outfit.  Look at that hat!!

This photo is titled 'myself' and the album is titled 'These photographs were all taken with my little Kodak'.

Speaking of cameras, I just love this photo:



But my favourite photo is this one:


It is of a woman (!) changing the back tire (tyre) of a possible steam car (!!)  The design of that car is amazing, though no wonder she has to change the tire...those tires don't look like they can handle Scottish country roads.

Which photo is your favourite?

17 comments:

  1. The golfer (golfess?)! Reminds me of a post I did about the craze for golf in the Edwardian era.

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  2. My absolute favourite is definitely the one with photographying people. I once took similar photo of person who was taking a photo of a person who was taking a photo :D sort of a chain reaction. 

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  3. Wow, that car!!  Crazy!!!  Amazing how designs change over time, isn't it?

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  4. Wow, what fab finds!  My favourite is the hunting party!

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  5. Marissa Warner-WuApril 10, 2012 10:38 AM

    I am really curious about the seat on the front of the car...I wouldn't want to be the person sitting there!  Seems like you would function as the windshield.  Also, how does the driver see?  I guess you'd only pick short passengers with small hats.

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  6. These are great. My favorite is the hunting party lassie  sidesaddle on her trusty steed. Have you ever tried to ride sidesaddle? Dreadful!

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  7. These photos are magnificent! Love the fitted coats, so elegant. The vehicle really is perplexing, I've never even heard of such a thing.

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  8. These pictures are glorious!  I love all the outfits and scenery, and I think my favorite is definitely the golf picture :) 

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  9. I love the hunting party one best, followed by the terrific golf picture.  Amazing photos!

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  10. Hehe, Renfrewshire, the county of Sewaholic Renfrew tops :)

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  11. I love the three photographers. The way in which they're standing, and the spacing, is somewhat unsettling, even though it's obviously meant to be a funny "photograph of being photographed" shot we've all made.

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  12. They are great!  Thanks for sharing them - I love looking at old photos, as it's so much fun to come up with stories about the people/situation etc

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  13. Wow, I love the lady golfer and the three people with cameras.  These are too fun!

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  14. Kathleen LinscottApril 11, 2012 9:09 PM

    These are fabulous photos, thanks so much for sharing them. I love the "Downton Abbey" hunting photos - one gal even has a rifle! I can't imagine "swimming" in such cold water, in wool swimsuits that simply held all that frigid water. Brrrr! That and the great golfing photo are great examples of the very few "sports" it was deemed appropriate for women to participate in, in that era. Ladies never seemed to go anywhere (even into the water) without appropriate head gear! ;)

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  15. Here's a nice photo of my grandmother in 1914, as an 18-year-old.  I thought you might enjoy it. 
    http://starwoodquilter.blogspot.com/2011/12/hays-corner-quilt-block.html

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  16. Wow these photos are great - the history buff in me loves loking at old pictures like this - I think it's why I like vintage sewing patterns too - it makes you feel connected to the past!

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  17. Christina Fitton239October 05, 2012 7:32 PM

    think the car is a c.1906 riley forecar.this type of vehicle was popular until christina.fitton239@btinternet:twitter 1906/7.thesecars helped the riley company last until1969/

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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