Ancestral twosome by georgieboy98

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This photo of my wife’s Great Grandparents was taken in 1875 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire where they were publicans for many years. Considering that photography was still in it’s infancy, comparatively speaking, the photographers of the day did a darned good job. This one was obviously taken by a professional as it wasn’t until the turn of the century that technology progressed to the stage where the man in the street was able to start producing images of his own. My father, for instance, built his own first camera in the early to mid 1920’s and I have in my possession some of those early photos of his. mostly on glass plates.


old, style, century, 18th


  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosalmost 6 years ago

    Remarkable quality for it’s age Peter and obviously the family connection making it that much more of a treasure for you both, I can imagine the photographer saying hold steady then that chemical flash would almost blind them,great to see,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thanks Rod. I can’t claim any credit for the photo other than for the few tweaks in PS (mostly getting rid of the creases etc!) Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Hi Don. Thanks for the kind words on this and, as Rod says, you can really picture the scene when this was being taken! We have stacks of old photos from the late 19th/early 20th centuries but no more that are this old! Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Peter, this is an amazing photo. I love the rich detail in this aged shot. It’s strange how Digital cameras are only now getting close to this kind of detail. Marvellous! God bless. Don.

  • Wayne Holman
    Wayne Holmanalmost 6 years ago

    A fantastic family treasure peter, it’s quite amazing that only 50 years earlier in around 1826 the first recorded photograph was taken by Frenchman Joseph Nicephore Niepce, it was a view from his window and the exposure time was around 8 hours, the result was a grainy and blurry image of a few rooftops and buildings. It’s astounding how things can improve in just a short space of time to result in an image that looks like it could have been taken yesterday.

  • Thanks very much Wayne. I am nowhere as well up on the history of photography as you obviously are so I found your comments to be of tremendous interest. As I said, I have in my possession several of the old glass plates my dad took during the 1920’s and 30’s and I also have the original colour print he made – and can clearly remember watching him take it and seeing the broad grin on his face when he came out of his darkroom with it between his fingers. Wonderful days when there was so much waiting to be discovered!

    – georgieboy98

  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...almost 6 years ago

    Wow! That’s the first word that cam out of my mouth, this guy is electric, I thought you sure are I’m totally blown away with your warms of family bonding you’re a good man cheers Hans

  • Thanks very much Hans. Genealogy as long been a hobby of mine and collecting old family photos has always had a high priority. This is the oldest one we have. Peter

    – georgieboy98

    ANNETTE HAGGERalmost 6 years ago

    this is amazing to see, thank you for shareing it with us all on redbubble georgieboy ! there ayes are looking striaght into our souls…beautfiul

  • LOL. Thanks very much. But isn’t it just a perfect example of the traditional pose of the day – and it doesn’t take much guesswork to determine who was the dominant one of those two!! Peter

    – georgieboy98

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