Around 1900 Richard and Florence Wandesforde, owners of the Castlecomer Colliery Ireland’s largest coalfield, embarked on road trip through Europe. Richard was a keen photographer and chronicled their travels, taking pictures of what was often strange or unusual sights.
I came across these pictures while researching my podcast series on the Castlecomer Collieries. The pictures are reproduced with the permission of kilkennyarchives.ie.
2. A ‘Bullock cart’ in the Jura Mountains.
3. A dancing bear in the Jura Mountains. Dancing bears were a form of brutal entertainment. The bears had their teeth and claws removed.
4.Florence Wandesforde in the Jura Mountains. The Wandesfordes did not drive the car but instead brought a driver with them. He can be seen to the left of the car here.
5. Florence in the town of Clarens, Switzerland.
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