'A Fisherman At Home'

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  1. Sad Bishop 68 months ago | reply

    You are right! I reckon it was easier for emerson to set up all his cumberson equipment in one place and get all his rural stereotypes bagged in one go!

  2. Retired at last 67 months ago | reply

    Another one you could chart a knitting pattern from.

  3. Cryptia. [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Food photography in Black & White, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. Rey.M 61 months ago | reply

    A lost era...very captivating indeed.

  5. ✠ drakegoodman ✠ 58 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vintage Background People, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. © ↑↓→ suηata ←↓↑ ΨΨΨ 57 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Beautiful Vintage Memory, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. jany7 53 months ago | reply

    Cool old picture.

  8. Benetta_Anthony 51 months ago | reply

    What a old picture sell on vintage e-commerce site.

  9. simpleserfeliz 47 months ago | reply

    Maravilhosa. ♥

  10. vande74 42 months ago | reply

    Masterpiece

  11. Marcia Fortes 39 months ago | reply

    Maravilhosa... adoro foto antiga!!!

  12. Lanterna 38 months ago | reply

    Sad Bishop and George have it right. The equipment was way to fragile and cumbersome, and so the photog's grounds (owned or rented) were a studio, supposedly reflecting reality or some ideal of it.
    BTW - the body on that fellow is amazing, different from most in these photos; quite possibly a real fisherman who didn't need a rowing machine.

  13. big_ianpaulbullivant 35 months ago | reply

    It's great to see that composition was as important then as it seem to be now.

  14. MyLiliesMyLo 23 months ago | reply

    Why would the woman be knitting while standing up? And look at the ground--are those huge, egg-shaped pebbles or oyster shells? They're very odd...

  15. Retired at last 22 months ago | reply

    @MyLilliesMyLo

    The floor is made of flint nodules, they also built houses, churches and walls from them in the east of England. She looks more like a child doing the knitting, but whatever her age, knitting was done as an accompaniment to other activities. You wouldn't waste the time spent walking to school by just walking, you'd knit as well.

  16. MyLiliesMyLo 21 months ago | reply

    Fascinating! So I guess we would call that "multi-tasking" (a truly impossible thing, mentally).

    I always thought that flint nodules were angular, which lead early humans to think, "Hey! A possible tool!", but I guess I was wrong.

    And it's nice to know that England isn't entirely made out of chalk...as some think--not ME--but some!

    P.S. The reason I though the floor was made of shells is that a tavern near us served steamed clams (a Northeast US "delicacy"), and just chucked the shells into the parking lot. They looked EXACTLY like these!

  17. Retired at last 21 months ago | reply


    The natural shape of flint nodules is roundish (and white) but it breaks easily. When it's used for building it's knapped into squares so it's easier to fit together. There's a flint built church in this photo www.flickr.com/photos/calotype46/5963010071/

  18. MyLiliesMyLo 21 months ago | reply

    Thanks for that link--it gives a very different view of the English countryside and buildings. When I think of flint, it's always in terms of tools at Olduvai Gorge or drilling for oil in the American midwest!

  19. gina10137 4 months ago | reply

    The man looks so modern, the girl not so much.

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