[Pedestrians on George St], ca. 1900, from Frederick Danvers Power : photonegatives, 1898-1926 / Frederick Danvers Power

Format: Glass photonegative


Notes: Amateur photographer Frederick Danvers Power had a concealed detective camera, which he used to snap these women crossing Martin Place at George Street, with the Post Office behind them. This image gives us a more accurate idea of what women actually wore, than formal studio photographs or magazine illustrations. People wore their best outfit to the portrait studio and parasols and hats, which shaded the face, were not permitted. On the other hand, the idealised renditions of fashion published in magazines show neither creased clothes nor worn shoes.


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  • Charne <3 7y

    I love this photo . i feel that the black and white (though relevant to the times coz there was no different) not only gives a realistic edge to the photo, but it also attracts the main attention to the women who were walking (as it should do I think). The cool thing is that even though these women are the main point of focus , there are verious other interesting things going on like the man on the bike shows how from then to modern day transport has progressed (even though we used bikes) and also, the strructuring of the buildings is very victorian (1800 to aboout 1900). Overall, my opinion is that all though this picture was taken by an amateur, it strikes me as amazing. Plain yet interesting
  • surreydweller... 6y

    Such a great view into the past. So sensible keeping in the shade, and when women could only manage to do their hair maybe once a fortnight - no such thing as shampoos and conditioner or hairdryers they had to keep it up and under hats - to keep dirt & dust off too.

    Wouldn't have fancied all those heavy clothes though. And all the layers!

    So nice - no CCTV cameras, no traffic cameras, lines of traffic, no double yellow or red lines, no signs telling us what we can and cannot do as we have no brains..life was hard but so much more simple - people could think for themselves and people knew how to behave and had respect.
  • flintstones80 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Brick Streets, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • luis (liche) ledesma 5y

    me encanta esta foto ,es como estar en esa epoca
  • Wystan 5y

    I've never been to NSW, but this doesn't look right for 1890. [Date corrected in title.] More like 1900, or even later. "Safety" bicycles were not yet a common sight in 1890, and cameras and film then were too slow to freeze motion on candid street shots.
  • State Library of New South Wales 5y

    Quite right Wystan. The double tram overhead wires date the photograph to ca. 1900. Not sure how the earlier date got on there as the earliest photograph in the collection is ca. 1898..
  • Bob Moore 2y

    Single speed bicycles are back in fashion in Sydney now!
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