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Untitled albumen photo from a glass plate negative by Sampson Samuel Soley (1825-1903), Gloucester photographer. Photo taken circa 1860. Measures 9" h x 10 1/2" w, (22.9 x 26.7 cm) mounted to a larger period mount. I love this very bucolic depiction of people leaving a country church in Victorian England. It's difficult to say for sure if the people in this photo are "staged". However, there's no doubt that the two women in the center of the photo are stopped and posing on, and next to, some sort of platform or ladder. There's a similar platform/ladder to the extreme left of this photo in the background under the trees. Were these used for farming or harvesting, etc?
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