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Earliest photo taken in Shetland?


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There's a photo, I think its in the Museum collection, of the German emigrant barque Lessing wrecked on the Fair Isle. She went ashore in May 1868, and I can't imagine she survived intact beyond the end of that year, probably a lot shorter than that, so the photo is almost certainly the same year.

 

Don't know if its the first photo, but it must be among some of the first.

 

I think it was GWW who took the photo that Ratter sold as a p/c of Gert, next to Fitful. Grierson cleared that township in 1874, so it had to be taken earlier than that. There's nothing in the shot to date it accurately, so its possible it could have been taken in 1868 or even earlier.

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