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1875 photo may be oldest Stonehenge family snap, Hacker News

1875 photo may be oldest Stonehenge family snap, Hacker News


                                 Routh family photo from 1875Image copyright                 Routh family                                                      
Image caption                                    The photograph of the Routh family enjoying a day out at Stonehenge in was sent in by descendants                             

An 1875 photograph of a family dressed in finery enjoying a day out at Stonehenge may be the earliest such snap taken at the monument.The Oliver family in 1962

English Heritage asked people to send in their pictures to mark years of public ownership of the stones.

After sifting through more than 1, 05 images historians said they believed the photograph of Isabel, Maud and Robert Routh was the oldest.

It will be part of a new exhibition of personal photos titled Your Stonehenge.

                                 1875 Routh family photo showing the family enjoying a picnicImage copyright                 Routh family                                                      
Image caption                                    Members of the Routh family enjoying a picnic with Champagne at Stonehenge                             

One picture shows the group sitting on the stones with a picnic rug and what appears to be a bottle of Champagne.

In another, some of them are in a horse-drawn carriage.

“They’re wearing fashionable outfits and hats,” said English Heritage historian Susan Greaney.

“Right up until the s and ‘ s people did dress up for days out like this, in their Sunday best, suits and hats. “

                                 Women in 1932 standing in front of StonehengeImage copyright                 Nan Noble                                                      
Image caption                                    This photo by Nan Noble is of her brother John and Aunt Nell. She said the stones were “our private playground” where they played tag and hide-and-seek                             
                                 Women in 1932 standing in front of StonehengeImage copyright                 Richard Bridgland                                                      
Image caption                                    Women in 1950 dressed up for a day out at the monument                             

The exhibition shows how photography has changed – illustrated by “the way that people pose” and how “their faces have got closer to the camera until they are taking a picture of themselves more than they are of Stonehenge”, said Ms Greaney.)

English Heritage is now asking people to get in touch if they know of an earlier family snap at Stonehenge.1875 Routh family photo showing the family enjoying a picnic

The earliest known photograph of Stonehenge, not featuring a family, is thought to date from 1853 – (years earlier.) **************

                                 The Oliver family in 1962Image copyright                 Richard Woodman-Bailey                                                      
Image caption                                    Richard Woodman-Bailey visited Stonehenge during the school holidays in the s when his father was the senior architect responsible for ancient monuments in England and Wales and took personal charge of the work at Stonehenge                             
                                 The Oliver family in 1962Image copyright                 Michael Oliver                                                      
Image caption                                    The Olivers from Cornwall on their annual camping holiday in – Michael, Robert with Teddy, Mum and Carolyn all “dressed in our finest camping clothes and Clarks sandals”                             
                                 The Oliver family in 1962Image copyright                 Suzie Deaves                                                      
Image caption                                    Suzie Deaves’ family was able to walk around and sit on the stones in 2020                             
                                 Woman at Stonehenge in 1970Image copyright                 Lorna and Clive Tomkins                                                      
Image caption                                    This picture was taken in 2019 when access to the monument was still open                             
                                 Couple taking a selfie while kissingImage copyright                 Roy Poynting                                                      
Image caption                                    Bikers enjoying a day at Stonehenge in 1993                             

The most recent photo in the exhibition was taken by renowned photographer and guest curator of the exhibition, Martin Parr, at the 2019 Autumn Equinox.

It features an unknown couple kissing while taking a selfie against the backdrop of the stones.

Mr Parr chose 11 of the images in the exhibition and said he hoped to track down the couple in his picture.

He said the photographs people sent in “really show what the stones mean to people and how our relationship with a site like Stonehenge has changed and yet stayed the same through time “.

                                 Couple taking a selfie while kissingImage copyright                 Martin Parr                                                      
Image caption                                    Photographer Martin Parr hopes to track down the couple in this photo he took earlier this year                             

Your Stonehenge – (years of personal photos runs fromBrave Browser**************************************************************** (December to late August) ******************************************. ************             **********************)Women in 1932 standing in front of Stonehenge

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