Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Photographic Memories from a Faded Era

Wealthy Family with unknown Whereabouts at the Turn of the Century in Buenos Aires Argentina
This picture of an old photo is from back in the days when Argentina had belonged to the six richest nations on earth. In those days Buenos Aires literally worked like a sponge, it absorbed people from all over the world. They came mostly for work and in search of a better future. This old era is long gone, and Argentina now finds itself in a totally different situation. I don't know anything about the name or ancestry of the old family in the photo. However, I would say they belonged to the upper ten thousand of the Argentine society of the late 19th century.
If anyone knows more about this family, who they are and what they did, please post a comment. I'm curious.

10 comments:

Jacob said...

Absolutely fascinating photo. You would think by the expressions of the people that they were of the upper classes, knew it, and wanted everyone else to know it and pay them their "proper" due.

Per Stromsjo said...

And there's a lesson here for countries who happen to be among the gold league these days. Things do change so don't take anything for granted.

AB said...

Who knows — maybe Buenos Aires' time will come again.

Julie said...

I love old photographs like this: those people probably had children who had children who went on to live in another country in another time. Fascinating how the world revolves.

Abe Lincoln said...

That was a time of distinctive classes when your status in society determined the life you lead and the lifestyle.

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Leif Hagen said...

Very regal, royal photo! Great details like the lion rug (taboo!), uniforms, dresses, mustaches, hair styles, tapestry rug, etc... I wonder what it would have been like to live in that era? Regards from EAGAN daily photo

Prospero said...

Regardless of who they are, it's a fascinating photo. The animal's head on the carpet is a nice touch!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is a wonderful old photo. My how the times have changed...and they will have changed a lot again by the time 2100 rolls around!

JM said...

Beautiful portrait! It reminds me of some family photos I own, much more faded than this one.

cornel said...

so beautiful vintage picture !
thanks for sharing !
saludos !