>What Real People Wore- on Camel Back

>This photograph is fascinating to me.  Not only does is show a couple in the early 1900s on camel back in a foreign land- it also brings up images of far off adventure, travel, and past times.  I could weave an entire story around the people in this photograph.

This photo comes from a very strange album I have in my collection.   Whoever was in charge of the keeping for the family portraits haphazardly pasted photographs in no apparent order and without description- often times plastering greeting cards, postcards, and newer photographs on top of older photographs.  The photographs all date from the 1900s- 1910s- but are accompanied by WWII paper ephemera and other later printed materials.  From what I can gather of the mystery of the photo album’s origins the family seemed to have been either ranchers or after oil in Texas in the early 1900s.  This is the only image of foreign travel (or perhaps, as Tickey Boo Tupney says, it could have been a traveling troupe in America). Perhaps they were relatives that traveled and sent a photograph to family members at home.  Perhaps they didn’t have a camera and purchased one as a souvenir of their travel abroad.  Whatever the reason, I thought you might enjoy this intriguing photograph of years gone by and one lady’s interpretation of what to wear on camel back.

4 Comments on >What Real People Wore- on Camel Back

  1. Tickety Boo Tupney - A Dash OF Worcester Sauce.
    January 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm (6 years ago)

    >I love a bit of intrigue… especially as the signs are in English (G. GAS/ Wholesales?- mens toilets) and the buildings aren’t that foreign looking… do you think it could have been some travelling type thing like a circus type thingy! Perhaps not… But I do prefer the whole on holiday/great adventure idea best! Its pictures like these, where you wished the owner had written on the back! Tups x

  2. Lauren
    January 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm (6 years ago)

    >You know, I've wondered the same thing, actually. I have another set of photos from the 1920s in Egypt where there are signs in English. So not sure! Could have been either… but perhaps my imagination prefers the travel intrigue, too ;)

  3. Renate
    January 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm (6 years ago)

    >A very interesting picture, indeed! One could easily write a story about their exotic adventures. Hmmm….

  4. Kally
    January 18, 2011 at 8:56 am (6 years ago)

    >Hmm… possibly a travelling troupe in the US as the signs are in English, but at the time Britain still had North African colonies so it could be from one of those.Great picture either way!

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