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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree February 2019 > INDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY DOMESTIC INTERIORS


Peel back the layers of time to peek into your ancestors’ homes through your old family photographs. Jayne Shrimpton steps indoors…


A late-Victorian photograph by Thomas Hargreaves, a supervisor in a Lancashire cotton mill and keen amateur photographer, portrays his wife, Mahala, lounging on a horsehair sofa in their home at 13 Holly Street, Burnley

Many of our old family photographs are either formal portraits set inside a commercial studio, or scenes taken outdoors by a professional operator or amateur snapshot photographer. Until around the mid-20th century it was difficult for most people to take successful indoor shots, so when early images of domestic interiors do crop up, these are valuable pictures, offering a rare glimpse inside our forebears’ homes.

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