December 21: Curling, 1878
Curling, 1878 (JV-645). A print from the James Valentine Photographic Collection.
Curling is a winter sport that has a long history in Scotland. The first written evidence of curling appeared in a notary’s protocol book in 1541. Playing outdoor curling on frozen rivers and ponds was popular in Scotland due to the climate.
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.