Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sepia Saturday #167 - 1890's Couple on Their Floating Home

Unkown 1890s couple on boat
I know absolutely nothing about this photograph of an 1890's couple on a boat, but I thought it would be perfect for this week's Sepia Saturday theme.  I'm not sure what you would call this type of boat, I'm guessing some type of flat-boat, but I'm totally clueless when it comes to boats.  It looks like this couple spent time on their boat on a river somewhere, perhaps as a home away from home or they may have even lived on the boat.  You can see a wooded area to the left and in the far distance what looks like mountains.  I've cropped the photo here, below you can see the actual  4" x 4" photograph in the white cardboard mounting that was popular in the 1890's. 


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16 comments:

  1. It's Kate and Humphrey aboard the African Queen!

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    1. Let's just be glad there are no shots with the leeches.

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  2. An interesting picture! Doesn't look it would provide much protection from the weather, so hope it wasn't their home. Perfect for the prompt!

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  3. Oh this is way bigger than the African Queen, but it is a river boat with steam power. Working riverboats used to include the whole family and this couple don't look like they are on a holiday cruise. Great choice.

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  4. Reminds me of pictures of people sailing down an African river for some reason - a la African Queen.

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  5. I think he looks more like a Cyril, and she an Emily, but whatever their names, I wouldn't mind accompanying them on an afternoon cruise.

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  6. Her Frock Is Rather Pristine.I Guess She Was Not Hoisting the Main-Brace; swabbing The Decks:(or whatever else they 'do' on Boats!)Some sort of leisure trip going on here?

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  7. It's a puzzle, for sure. The boat seems to have the air of permanence, so I wonder if they earned a living on the water. I have a hard time imagining that anyone vacationed this way, but what do I know?

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  8. It looks like some sort of barge, I wonder if that tarpaulin is for sun or rain.

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  9. It is a perfect picture for the theme, and we don't need to know anything about it - we can use our imaginations to solve the puzzle.

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  10. I agree, it's a great picture and even better that we have to puzzle it out ourselves.

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  11. Unknown but superb for the theme nevertheless.

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  12. Oh this is just priceless! I've seen a few other photos of this kind of thing, even from right around here in Minnesota. Amazing what some folks did and how they actually lived!

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  13. It looks like the couple lived on that floating home, but hopefully for some time only. If they lived there permanently it would be interesting if there's a record of how they lived that way.

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  14. The African Queen also came to my mind immediately!!
    Great shot!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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