I don’t know how he does it, but John Canepa keeps finding fascinating old photographs of people and their birds. He wasn’t able to add anything about the origins of the photographs, but did tell me something about the photo you see at the head of this article:
“I believe this one is
La Farfala Alfalfa in Seville, an animal market that was running for more than a century, discontinued after the avian flu. I bought a duck for my daughter in 2003! On that Sunday they had ostriches on sale.”
Aah, the good old days, or were they? It’s easy to look at the past through rose-tinted spectacles, and these photos certainly capture the spirit of a simpler, less regulated way of life, but I for one am glad that some things have changed. Let’s enjoy the photographs for what they are: an historical record of people and their birds in different cultures and different times.
- My thanks to John. Of all the photos, I love the one of the man training his Japanese Hoso.
- I’ve credited the source of the photographs where possible. If anyone recognises the other photographs and knows the photographer, I’ll be happy to credit them.