Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Carriages

Yes, I know it was ages ago, weeks at least, but here at last are some of the carriages I photographed. I have to say here that I love my camera. Sure, they're not the best pics in the world, but considering the lighting conditions in the room where they were housed and the fact that flash photography wasn't permitted, I think they came out surprisingly well. They really are lovely, though I think I like the Spider Phaeton best. I imagine it was pretty hair raising driving around in one. What's not perhaps apparent in the pictures is the actual size of some of these carriages. They are absolutely huge. Some of the wheels on these beasties are easily my height, so I don't think there was a whole lot of hopping in and out of them without waiting for some manner of assistance.

Mid to Late 19th Century Family Carriage.

1829 Britzschka Chariot - family carriage. Note the luggage compartments.


late 19th Century Spider Phaeton



 
Spider Phaeton interior


Private Omnibus



1838 onwards Brougham with Moroccan leather interior


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Monday, August 01, 2011

Kindlegraph

Isn't this cool? I think it's a fun idea. I always enjoy signing books, even though I never know what to write. Should anyone want a kindlegraph from me, you can sign up here http://kindlegraph.com. Much easier than posting out signed bookplates.

I've been to Shugborough again today to admire their collection of carriages. They really are beautiful. I'd love to have a ride in one just to see what it's like, though I suspect I'd be horrendously travel sick. I'm bad enough in a modern day coach. Anyway, photos once I download them off the camera.

Writing plans have been turned around a bit since I'm now working on a super seckrit proposal. Still hoping to finish off the Romps & Rakehells story that I'm part way through, assuming the summer holidays and the family being home allows for it.