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Vintage photos of:
"We are decent lads and would be delighted to have your sister or daughter to tea."
New Zealand circa 1902. "Three men at campsite doing odd jobs, showing one man chopping wood, one man doing dishes and the other man cooking, possibly Christchurch district." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.