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One of the stranger concertina pics I've seen

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Hunting party?

 

Riding to the hounds in the UK looks pretty strange to me.  Even the duck hunters here out on the river in full jungle camo strikes me as bizarre.  I think that hunters just like to dress up.

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1 hour ago, Sebastian said:

Hm. What is stranger on this postcard than on others? 🤔

The hats - at least they seemed strange to me.

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59 minutes ago, Daniel Hersh said:

The hats - at least they seemed strange to me.

Do you mean the flowery ornation? Yes, it’s a bit exuberant. :) I would like to know on what occasion this picture has been taken. :)

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35 minutes ago, Sebastian said:

Do you mean the flowery ornation? Yes, it’s a bit exuberant. :) I would like to know on what occasion this picture has been taken. :)

 

Yes, that's what I mean.  I would like to know the occasion too.

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7 of the 9 are holding something either in their mouths or in a free hand.  What might that be?  What is the gent next to the box player holding?  Late in the year judging from the shrubbery and the dress code.  Badges or medallions at the shoulder.  Nattily dressed but not in uniform.  Boots/shoes all clean. The hats are all different as if acquired from a thrift shop.  Countenance neither dour nor cheery, rather indifferent.  All appear of a similar age.  Arms over shoulders, quite chummy.  A singing group of some sort, like a barber shop quartet I reckon.  What say you Sherlock?     🤔

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7 minutes ago, wunks said:

What is the gent next to the box player holding? 

A Triangle?

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Apologies, but the closet writer inside of me can't help but construct a story around this picture, which roughly goes like this:

 

This is a graduation theme party. The young men have just finished their education, possibly from a boarding school. Judging from the sense of comraderie and intimacy implied as well as the unhappy looks on their faces, they didn't have an overall good time, having been welded together by a common enemy.

 

They send this picture to their fathers, essentially mocking them and their lifestyle. Their elders apparently were involved in very traditional activities like hunting and marching bands, so the youngsters decorate themselves with those very attributes but make the overall composition (formal attire juxtaposed to overdone outdoor paraphernalia) look silly and ridicolous.

 

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Strangely reminiscent of the costumery of the revelers at the Steampunk festival in Bronte's Haworth.  Photos currant on the BBC.

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The plumage on their hats is fabulous 🤩, but a little sad to see only one concertina among the nine youngsters.

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