MILES TO NOWHERE: COUPLE DRIVING ZERO MILES PER HOUR IN PORTOBELLO, EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM

“Miles from nowhere. Guess I’ll take my time. Oh yeah, ….to reach there.” The lyrics of Cat Stevens’s song, “Miles to Nowhere”, pretty much sums up the driving experience of the couple in the mock car in this photograph. They are going nowhere fast. If you are a regular visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery, then this cabinet photograph may look familiar to you. There is a portrait in the gallery of a another couple sitting in a mock automobile that is identical to the one in this photograph. That photograph was taken in a studio located in the Isle of Man. To view that photograph, click on the category “Automobile”. The image pictured here was photographed by William Lees of Portobello, Edinburg, in the United Kingdom. The studio address was 28 Bath Street. John Lees, T.Lees, and William E. Lees operated their Portobello photo studio from 1892 until 1952. William Lees kept a stuffed donkey in his studio.

Published in: on February 16, 2012 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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“ARE WE THERE YET?”, SAID THE WIFE, TO THE HUSBAND, ON THEIR RIDE TO NOWHERE (ISLE OF MAN)

A man and a woman, presumably, a married couple, pose for their portrait in a car that is going nowhere. This automobile is simply a photographer’s prop. The advantage of a married couple being in a car that is going nowhere, is that the man can’t get lost, and then deny it;  and the woman can’t keep telling him to stop and ask for directions. The pictured car is located in the photographic studio of Frederick Johnson. Johnson’s studio was in the town of Douglas, on the Isle of Man. He actually operated two studios there; the Fort William Studio, and the Express Bridge and Battery Studio. The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency located in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland. At the time of this photograph, the Isle of Man was a major tourist attraction, and according to many accounts, tourists flocked to photographers during their vacations there. Not much information could be found about the photographer of this image. It is known however, that he operated a studio on the Isle of Man during 1881 through 1894. He may have also been there before, or after, the aforementioned years. As an aside, it is interesting to note that during the early days of automobiles in America, some photography studios were built that were designed to allow  patrons to drive their cars into the studio, and pose alone, or with their passengers, for portraits of them sitting in their cars. This practice was truly a reflection of the history of Americans love affair with their  automobiles.

Published in: on January 13, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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