Images: the Strange and the Unusual
Cabinet Photographs, Carte de Visites, etc.
"Naval Mounted Horse"
Novelty Cabinet Photograph
Hong Kong
c. 1900's
c. 1890s
Girl Wearing
17th Lancers Uniform
Post 1902
5th Royal Irish Lancer
Chicago, Illinois,
c. 1890
Double Sided
Cabinet Photograph
c. 1900
US Cavalryman
Salford, Manchester,
c. 1880's
Army Service Corps Private
Handicapped Brother
c. 1890
A Prisoner of the
c. 1900
Japanese Post Card
c. 1900
Bugler Govier &
Lt Col. Curzon
Rifle Brigade
c. 1895
Lancer Dobinson
"One of the 600"
c. 1890
Teaching an Old
Dog a New
c. 1880
Scottish Rifle Volunteer
c. 1870
Unusual Backwards
c. 1890
Postal Cover addressed to No7709 Pte. Jones
B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Foot.
Rorke's Drift, Natal.

22 January, 1879
A seeming incredibly rare
postal cover mailed from the
island of Lundy to a certain
Private Jones of B Company,
24th Foot and postmarked to
arrive at the mission station of
Rorke's Drift on the fateful
22nd day of January 1879.

The cover is postmarked Lundy
Island, 8 January, 1879. Counter
marked by the Army Post Office
Natal, 22 Jaunary, 1879. The
ship letter stamp indicates that
this letter was to be posted to
Pte. Jones via Royal Mail
Steamer. The letter is marked
"undelivered" on the reverse....
Girl in uniform of the
4th Volunteer Battalion
The Hampshire Regiment
c. 1890
Girl in Highland Costume
Wearing 1877-79 South
Africa (Zulu War) Medal
c. 1900
Lady in Red
c. 1860's
Man Costumed
Amateur Theatrics
c. 1890
This photograph is another of those
out of place images that pose many
interesting possible explanations.

Here we have a veteran member of
the Royal Artillery classically posed
with his foreign service helmet on
the studio plinth next to him, his two
Jack Russell Terriers at his feet. He
could have been in a studio located
at Aldershot, India or Cairo but
instead he was photographed at
Pawtucket, Rhode Island in the
United States sometime in the early
Royal Artillery Gunner

Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Early 1900s
Royal Artillery Sergeant
Double Exposure Novelty CVD
c 1870s
Unidentified bemedaled sergeant
wearing Victoria Cross

Early Kodak Photographic Print
Early 1900's
This is another of those odd photographs that I have been unable to
quite figure out. It is an early circular format Kodak photographic
portrait of what appears to be a veteran British sergeant wearing a
considerable number of medals including the Victoria Cross.

Based upon the Wolseley pattern helmet he is wearing the photo would
date at least from the early 1900's when that pattern head covering
became general issue to other ranks.
Union Cased Ferrotype
Volunteer Light Infantry Private
c 1880s
Canadian Highlander

Tacoma, Washington, USA

Mounted Photograph
Early 1900's
The incurable romantic in some might like to look
upon this photograph with the possibility that the
above title was in reality true but the in fact while
the image does indeed depict a Canadian
Highlander it simply reflects the fact that at some
point he decided to have Washington state based
photographer F. J. Lee capture his likeness in
Lee's Tacoma studio.

The unidentified Highlander would have been
visiting from nearby British Columbia and may
have been a resident of any of the nearby towns or
cities in that Canadian province.

The photo dates from the early 1900s and the sitter
may have been a member of the Vancouver based
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada which were first
mustered in on 24 November, 1910 at Vancouver.

Another possibility is that this man had taken up
residence in Tacoma after his military service in...