|Tom McLoughlin c 1898|
Without a doubt, this has to be my all-time favourite family photo.
It used to produce howls of derision at family gatherings.
My poor grandfather - although I think he could take a joke and found it quite funny too.
He really does look a teensy weensy bit like an alien doesn't he?
ET certainly wants to phone home.
You can imagine all the comments.
Anyway, my maternal grandfather was born 7 July 1898 in William Street, Bathurst to John and Margaret McLoughlin. He was the eldest of nine children.
Did the family come down to Sydney for this photo? They must have.
According to this site Eden George had his studios in George Street Sydney.
I think this is what is called a carte-de-visite. It measures 4.5 inches wide and just over 6.5 inches long. Or 10.7 x 16.7 cm in metric.
If you conduct a search on Trove, but take out "society", you get 243 results for "Eden Studios" in the SMH just between 1890 and 1899. Most of them are ads of course. But there is quite an enchanting description of the studios here and here which were opposite Anthony Horderns...and I quote..
"furnished and carpeted in the most luxurious fashion"...and
"the appointments of the establishment are of the most modern description"
Just like the language in the article!
|Sydney Morning Herald courtesy of Trove Monday 22 August 1898 Page 2|
I have other photos of Tom through the ages....
|Back of photo says J. Burns, T.McLoughlin|
I like this one. I'm not sure who J. Burns is...I hear my mother saying Jack Burns. Was he a cousin who owned a photographic studio in the western suburbs of Sydney???? Put that on my investigate list. Tom looks about 10 years old don't you think? According to a comment on a photo on Flickr Bursle had a studio in Orange from about 1894 until after 1900.
But this is how I really remember him