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Bare Foot Collection

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Holy Infant of Prague

Holy Infant of Prague
The miraculous Holy Infant of Prague was revealed by his mother Mary to Saint Cyril of the Mother of God, a barefoot Carmelite monk, at Prague, in the 9th century

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Thames Mudlarks

Thames Mudlarks
Barefoot mudlarks scavenging in the Thames at low water

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Carmelite Nuns

Carmelite Nuns
Discalced (= Barefoot) Carmelite Nuns

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Isadora Duncan / Barefoot

Isadora Duncan / Barefoot
ISADORA DUNCAN American dancer, barefoot on stage

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Madimba - Congo - Pipe-smoking lady

Madimba - Congo - Pipe-smoking lady
A rather powerful looking lady from the Congo, smoking a pipe and carrying a large wicker basket on her head. She is the wife of the Chief of the Mpongo Tribe of Kibweta, Madimba, Congo, Africa

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage Pregnancy
A barefoot pregnant teenager in a rather unflattering gingham mini maternity dress

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Waifs and Strays Society Advertisement

Waifs and Strays Society Advertisement
An appeal for funds by the Waifs and Strays Society featuring an illustration of two barefoot children in rags on a doorstep

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Clan Sinclair

Clan Sinclair
Clan SINCLAIR a young barefoot woman wears a long tartan plaid

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Walsingham Pilgrims

Walsingham Pilgrims
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims thronged to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk, leaving their sandals in the " Slipper Chapel" and walking barefoot 2 miles to the shrine

Background imageBare Foot Collection: The Slipper Chapel

The Slipper Chapel
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims thronged to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk, leaving their sandals in the " Slipper Chapel" and walking barefoot 2 miles to the shrine Date

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Riding Hood / Steinbruck

Riding Hood / Steinbruck
Red Riding Hood encounters a friendly wolf in the woods who offers her his paw

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Children Make a Wreath

Children Make a Wreath
Three little girls & their brother sit upon a quilt in the middle of the floor. The eldest girl has abandoned her knitting to make a floral wreath for the youngest. Date: circa 1870

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Link Boy, 18th Century

Link Boy, 18th Century
A barefoot LINKBOY carries a flaming torch with which he will illuminate the path of a gentleman, in the absence of any fixed street lighting

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Boy, Dog and Cat

Boy, Dog and Cat
My turn now - a barefoot boy reluctantly shares his meal with his feline friend and canine chum

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Boy carrying a donkey

Boy carrying a donkey

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Emigration. Irish Emigrants Leaving Queenstown Harbour

Emigration. Irish Emigrants Leaving Queenstown Harbour
Detailed harbour scene with hundreds of emigrants waiting for the boat for New York, steam ships in the background. In the foreground barefoot young lads are expectantly waiting

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Clan Mac Nicol

Clan Mac Nicol
Clan MAC NICOL a young barefoot woman is on her way to the burn to fetch water in her wooden pail

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Maori Children

Maori Children
Learning to be good Maoris : The youngest children in the class are a little boxed up in their first lesson in old traditional Maori songs which tell the history of the race

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Irish Crofter

Irish Crofter
An old Irish crofter, leaning on his walking stick and smoking his pipe outside his cottage with his barefoot granddaughter

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Madman in Mad House

Madman in Mad House
A mental patient, confined in a strait-jacket, is chained barefoot in a small bare cell - a warder opens the door for a visitor to see the wretch, perhaps a one-time friend

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Boy attacked by cat

Boy attacked by cat

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Wireless Class Aboard Training Ship Mount Edgcumbe

Wireless Class Aboard Training Ship Mount Edgcumbe
Barefoot boys, in naval-style uniforms, attend a wireless class aboard the training ship Mount Edgcumbe. One boy stands in front of a wireless apparatus wearing headphones. Date: 1916

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Dancing Woman of Bengal

Dancing Woman of Bengal, performing before a European Family. (Plate 14 of 20) Date: 1813

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Cairo - Sellers of Bouza

Cairo - Sellers of Bouza
Itinerant sellers of Bouza, a fermented alcoholic beverage produced from wheat in Egypt. Is this the origin of the English term booze??? Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBare Foot Collection: African Coptic Priest

African Coptic Priest - probably in Ethiopia. He is wearing a spectacular tradional hat and carries a staff and a Coptic cross. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Kabyle Women and babies - Algeria

Kabyle Women and babies - Algeria. The Kabyle are Berbers from North Eastern Algeria - estimated population today of 5 million individuals. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBare Foot Collection: The unemployed in the East End, London

The unemployed in the East End, London
The unemployed in the East End of London wait outside Mansion House. There is a notice saying - Mansion House Fund Notice - and the men are applicants for the relief fund

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Bringing home the turf

Bringing home the turf
A Colleen (a young unmarried Irish girl) bringing home a wicket backpack full of cut turf. Date: 1909

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Playing on a Wall

Playing on a Wall
An older little girl helps a younger one, her sister, perhaps, to walk on a wall. Date: 1930s

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Street music: organ grinder claimant, 1873

Street music: organ grinder claimant, 1873
The " nobleman" organ grinder: a claimant to a title whilst on tour through the Irish provinces. Though he refused to name himself

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Malay Seller of Satay Beef

Malay Seller of Satay Beef with his portable shop - Singapore Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Porter in Thessalonika

Porter in Thessalonika
Indigenous barefooted elderly Turkish porter, carrying a small wooden cabinet - Thessalonika Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Egypt - Runners / Messangers

Egypt - Runners / Messangers Date: 1908

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Material / Cloth merchant - Algeria

Material / Cloth merchant - Algeria
Material/Cloth merchant - Algeria Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Jesters (Smith)

Jesters (Smith)
In the background is a FOOL, a kind of domestic idiot : the JESTER is a more sophisticated creature, expected to be witty rather than the butt of coarse amusement. Date: 1272

Background imageBare Foot Collection: CATSKIN

CATSKIN
Catskin walks barefoot through the woods, carrying her belongings with her

Background imageBare Foot Collection: West End Visits East

West End Visits East
The West End visits the East End of London - a party of slummers are welcomed by some, but the barefoot children are scared and the sick creature in bed sees them as monsters. Date: circa 1890

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Drunk Outside NY Saloon

Drunk Outside NY Saloon
Having taken advantage of drinks for just three cents, a man passes out on the pavement outside, watched by a barefoot child. Date: 1891

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Star Child and Silver

Star Child and Silver
A poor child has fled barefoot into the forest - she looks up at the stars - and they fall in the form of silver coins. Date: 19th century

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Indian Actresses / Jaffna

Indian Actresses / Jaffna
Actresses from Jaffna (Southern India). Date: circa 1880

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Barefoot in the Dew

Barefoot in the Dew
The joy of running barefoot in the dew... Date: 1912

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Houseless Poor Asylum, Cripplegate, London

Houseless Poor Asylum, Cripplegate, London
A variety of barefoot individuals standing around outside the asylum or hostel on Banner Street, Cripplegate, London, operated by the Houseless Poor Society

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Salvation Army Slum Sisters on a home visit

Salvation Army Slum Sisters on a home visit
Two Salvation Army so-called Slum Sisters visit the home of a poor family. At the door, the mother holds a baby in her arms while another child stands barefoot on the paving stones

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Wet day in Madras, India

Wet day in Madras, India
A wet day in Madras, India. The local population use a variety of different methods to keep the rain off their heads!

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Belly Dancer - Algeria

Belly Dancer - Algeria

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Group of Algerian Musicians

Group of Algerian Musicians
A group of Algerian musicians, seated outside their house, with a low round table holding a selection of food and drink

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Snake Charmer - Tangiers, Morocco

Snake Charmer - Tangiers, Morocco
An attentive crowd watching a rather wild-looking snake charmer. Amongst the onlookers is (interestingly) a British Naval officer smoking a pipe

Background imageBare Foot Collection: Moorish Woman at the well

Moorish Woman at the well
A Moorish Algerian woman raising water from a well in a small wooden bucket



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