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On the Ground: 1905

On the Ground: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Unidentified group having a picnic outside tent in backyard of house, probably Christchurch district." Are New Zealanders the most picnicking people on the planet? Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

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Maybe generational?

As transplanted midwesterners, both my grandparents and parents were constant and usually very well-dressed picnickers once they moved to sunny southern California. By the time my brother and I were adults we had been on enough picnics to last our entire remaining lives, and rarely go on them without substantial family pressure.

2nd from the right

Either the photo has a boo boo or he's got food stuck in his mustache.

Not effortless

And it's done in suits and dresses without the benefit of Tupperware.

New Zealand Picnickers

Are New Zealanders the most picnicking people on the planet? Maybe yes maybe no, but they probably were the best dressed.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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