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Gaiety Camp: 1910

Gaiety Camp: 1910

New Zealand circa 1910. "Group men outside a tent with a sign reading 'The Gaiety Camp,' showing each man performing domestic duties. Probably Christchurch district." It would be interesting to know something about the history of these elaborate camps (note the geranium flower beds), and how long the custom lasted. Photo by Adam Maclay, who made hundreds of these portraits. View full size.

 

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Starched shirts, shiny boots, and sea shell flower beds. Lets just say these guys are "persnickety".

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