Friday, May 2, 2014

Picnic Day in Nor-Cal.

This is a new addition to my photo collection. A picnic day outside of a well known Gold Rush town. Notice the collection of bottles (6 total) and the days catch of fish (12+) Looks like a good day to me. Even today, to dig those 6 bottles and catch 12 fish would be a great day. The 6 bottles are, 4 beers, 1 Shasta water and a western whiskey. Now, who is drinking what. I don't see any soda's for those kids. On the whiskey label you can read, Old Bourbon. ....A "Gold Dust" maybe?


  1. Interesting photo. It brings up more questions than it answers.

    There are two bamboo rods, and one fly rod. But there are no reels on the rods or in the photo.

    The male on the left is dressed in formal British style, replete with tie and a pith helmet. Fishing attire?

    The ladies and children are dressed in their Sunday best.
    Fishing attire?

    Just 3 glasses?

    Check out the facial expression on the gal on the right. My money's on her being the whiskey drinker~.

    Seven people but a 4 person capacity spring wagon?

    Could this have been a staged photo shot in a studio?

    1. Not a staged photo. The road and lake mentioned on the back of photo, you can still drive on to the lake. There is just not enough landscape showing to pin-point the location on the road.

      The gal on the right looks like she had more than one bottle of whiskey.

  2. Peter Britt was a famous photographer here in "Table Rock City" - later Jacksonville, and did a lot of staged outdoor portraiture. I ran this through Photoshop and it really enlightened the scene.

    The filtered sunlight evident in the background, and on clothing, tosses the indoor studio out the window. I goofed with my initial comment " staged photo shot in a studio". What I'd I meant to say "staged photo in an outdoor studio setting". (wished there was a brain check as well as a spell check in MS word)~

    And check out the whiskey drinkin' gal a little closer. Her pal to her immediate left has a death grip on Miss Mollies shoulder to keep her from passing out and landing on the British dandies boots.