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Myrtle Camp: 1905

Myrtle Camp: 1905

Circa 1905 in Sumner, New Zealand, a coastal suburb of Christchurch. One of 10 glass plates by the photographer Adam Maclay showing the denizens of "Myrtle Camp," possibly over a span of years. These fellows are always up to something -- their recreations included cricket (we hope), playing with Rover, reading, shooting, ping-pong (?) and whatever one does with an accordion. View full size.


About those faces

In this photo, more than in any other I've seen on Shorpy, I see familiar faces. The first fellow looks a bit out of my ken, but the others look like guys I've known and liked a lot. Even the dog looks familiar, but that was at happy hour in a distant port, and I can't be sure.

No myrtle in sight

They certainly enjoyed whatever they were doing there! The variety of activities is to be admired. What would they be sporting today, I wonder? iPhone, iPad, iPod etc.?

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