Monday, March 30, 2015

Amazon Explorer



Today's picture shows an explorer in the Amazon Jungle. He is going down the Amazon on a log raft with an Indian Guide. I find it interesting that the man appears to be wearing a necktie. I would think at this point you would be going more for functionality and comfort in your attire. I can not help but wonder if he is a missionary.

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  1. I would guess he's a professional photographer, perhaps one of the many who went all over taking pictures to be colorized for postcards which apparently were a rather popular thing back in the early days of photography..

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  2. I don't know about being a missionary. Think back to all the shots we had of people walking along the beach in business suits with a hat and tie. His suit does seem to be in need of a good pressing, and we won't even get into the condition of his hat.

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  3. The Amazon River is a river of muddy waters, this one seems very clean and with stones.

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  4. The Amazon, until you get very far up the river, is very wide (and muddy). This could be a tributary. The raft certainly looks like a native one, and doesn't appear very stable--I wouldn't want to be on it. It looks like it might have been constructed purposely for this passenger, attempting to make him somewhat comfortable, with the footrest made for his height, using his suitcase as a backrest. The humidity would have rumpled his suit, which he probably had to sleep in sometimes, and got rained on. As to his occupation, I don't think we can tell. Photographers, missionaries, explorers, and botanists were among the first to to practically anywhere in the 19th c. If they were Westerners, which this man clearly was, they wore their "native dress," which was a suit and tie. This guy's seems at least light weight, and pretty clean.

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  5. About the tie, men just dressed that way back in those days. Unless you were working as a farmer or at a blue collar job you were expected to be in a jacket, hat and tie. Ladies wore dresses, hats and gloves when seen in public. It was a custom and expectation then. Also, people had few clothes then, a few "everyday" work outfits and usually one "Sunday best" for church, funerals, court or school functions. They would faint if they saw a Goodwill store with all the perfectly good castoffs for resale.

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  6. Something tells me that photo does not look like the Amazon jungle, but I could be wrong.

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