• Special Outing to The Major Oak around 1895

    What a beautiful image! Latest acquisition for the archive is this enchanting group portrait of a school or perhaps Sunday school outing to the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, some time around 1895 I would guess. The children certainly seem dressed in their best for their excursion and close study of the costume reveals many fancy bonnets, beautiful lace details to dresses, and smart jackets for many of the boys. The children in the front row reveal their boots well-studded and blakeyed - some may be wearing clogs. Everyone remained perfectly still for the exposure apart from one tiny child in the front - perhaps the baby of the group - who passed into posterity as a ghostly blur. Unfortunately no information on the reverse of the card mount, but a glorious vignette of a grand day out.

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