- Helen Keller
Below is our theme photo from Alan this week,
and is described as
"Palmer's Mystery Hike # 2"
The first thing that came to mind seeing this enthusiastic group was, who were they smiling for, and if it was taken in July 1932 why were they dressed for cooler weather?
This photo also from Mystery Tour # 2 was from Valley Heights in the lower Blue Mountains to Penrith, on the 10th of July, 1932.
Google to the rescue again. Searching their Palmer mystery tour describes five mystery hikes around Sydney (hence Sydney's wintertime) scheduled in 1932 and were organized by the railroad and F. J. Palmer and Sons Department Store. Hikers purchased a two-shilling train ticket and joined a train from Central Station to journey to a mystery destination. They were always on Sunday and were quite popular hikes!
Rambling, they called it and it was popular across the English countryside, and evolved from a more rugged terrain called bushwalking. More of their hikes can be seen at the Powerhouse Museum Collection from commercial photographer, Thomas Lennon.
Can you imagine, there were 4 trains that carried 2,000 hikers just on this second mystery tour. They were known to document their adventure in the newly invented Box Brownie!
If you didn't already know, The Box Brownie was a camera.
Mystery Hikes weren't the only fun outings, as you'll see in the next two photos!
Oh my goodness, does anyone have a great caption for this group of hikers from Washington? What an amazing group this is!
For the most part, they are a happy group.
This photo taken on February 10, 1913.
They hiked from New York City to Washington D. C. to join
the March 3, 1913 National American Woman Suffrage.
Hiking Back In Time
Let's hike into sepia photography,
since that's what these Sepia Saturday posts are all about.
Especially, since there are times I've looked at a sepia photograph and wondered, was this actually taken back in the day, or more recently? That's when playing detective is necessary to determine when and even perhaps where it was taken.
Even our cell phones today have APPS that immediately transform our weekend family picnic back in time.
Of course, often our photos are just old, black and whites and arrive from stepping into the yesterday of our ancestors, or just plain life in general.
I'll close with a sepia photo that I won't describe when or where it was taken, until next week. Let's see if anyone can supply any information until then.
Any guess as to when, what or where this photo is?
For more Sepia Saturday posts go here.