Man and his dogs

I particularly like this photograph from Newcastle on Tyne in England. The subject is an older man and his two dogs, one an Irish setter and the other looking a lot like a spaniel of some kind. I find it revealing that he chose to be photographed outside with his puppies rather than in a stuffy drawing room, and that sentiment makes me wonder if he was a hunter. I also love that the card itself is orange! I have seen so many yellow, white, pink and beige cards that a bright orange one really stood out. I paid a whopping $5 for this photo and half again as much for shipping.

The photograph is from the 1890s almost certainly. It has a glossy finish and there is a “padded” quality to the photo, giving it actual depth. The very edges of the card are red, although that can’t be seen in the scan. The photographer was H. S. Mendelssohn at 17  19 Oxford Street, Newcastle on Tyne.

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