December 7: Cutting snow wreaths, Cairnwell, 1879

Monday 7 December 2020

Cutting snow wreaths [snow drifts], Cairnwell, Grampians, 1879 (JV-1761-A). A print from the James Valentine Photographic Collection.

Snow wreaths are snow drifts, so this image captures hard work in clearing the road in the Cairngorms, south of Braemar.

Valentines of Dundee produced prints and then postcards of topographical views for the emerging tourist market from the 1860s until the 1960s.

Albumen silver prints was the dominant form of photographic printing from 1855 to the 1900s.  Multiple images could be printed from one negative in a range of sizes, making this ideal for the commercial production of photographs for sale.

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