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Tuesday, March 7, 2006 21:21
Barbed wire ?
I could well be wrong, but I'm mystified by the reference to "galvanised barbed wire" in the caption for the photograph on the back page of the March 2006 newsletter.

It looks to me like the photograph was printed on light card - like a postcard - and has been sharply creased (probably folded) for a long time. Either that or it has been unfolded quite often. Anyway, that the photographic paper has come off its backing.

I know that this does not help date the picture, but if it does show creases rather than barbed wire then date of manufacture wouldn't be a guide.

A billycock was about 1850 (

and tall-crowned bowlers apparently ( 1870s and 1880s.
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 08:55
The old photograph and caption were provided by local historian Doris Riley, I think she's the only one who can give you a definite answer about the barbed wire - I can't see any either. The photograph was printed on a postcard and, as you say, it's quite badly creased.

Thanks for the links about the hats. Barbed wire or not, it's certainly a very old photo!

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