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    LOL Ebay photo description

    Well if you're going to get the information wrong on a historical photo, you just as well might go all-out.

    Yes these are soldiers with kilts and guns (well, the purist would argue the "gun" part). But every other part of the description is incorrect.

    -they are not members of The Scots Guards
    -they are not wearing bearskin caps
    -they are not of the Crimean War period

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/17321242549...m=173212425492

    Here's the photo from the Ebay listing:

    Last edited by OC Richard; 13th March 18 at 06:21 AM.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Ahh, Ebay, the great dispenser of wrong information. I am curious about the phrase 'albumen gun.' does it shoot egg whites? Maybe its the white slings. it's an interesting photo. Maybe we can start a game: make up a story about those in the pic, one sentence at a time. Then again, maybe not.


    JMB

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    Privates of 1st Cameron Highlanders, 1882-1895

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    This reminds me of Guinea pigs.

    Not pigs, not from Guinea.

    Other than that, the description is perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardtheLarge View Post
    This reminds me of Guinea pigs.

    Not pigs, not from Guinea.

    Other than that, the description is perfect.
    No, but back in the day they only cost a guinea, for those who were too poor to afford pork...in North America they're pets, but in South America they're food.

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    Expensive

    22 shillings! by golly that ain't cheap meat.....in the cities rats would have been free I'm thinking, and maybe even a bit meatier......in the country rabbits would have given a lot more meat.......a rodent is a rodent, we sometimes get too caught up on the parts we don't eat....the ears and the tails , The only difference between a squirrel and a rat is the rat is often larger and the ears and tails,............ having said that, the hairless tail and the not so cute ears is what makes us squeamish about eating vermin......heh! heh!........how does the ol' sayin' go ......a rose by any other name ...........
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    Remember, in Pre-Columbian times, Guinea pigs were the only domesticated food animal south of Mexico (where they had the turkey as well).

    That said, I am sure they were happy to have access to other meat sources when the Europeans arrived, although given the issues with disease, warfare, and conquest that also appeared with the Europeans, "what's for dinner" may not have been the most pressing concern.

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    BTW I messaged the seller and he has updated the description.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackwatch70 View Post
    Privates of 1st Cameron Highlanders, 1882-1895
    Those dates because of the rifles?

    And/or the medals the one fellow is wearing? (EDIT: I see, the Khedive’s Star, 1882.)

    I know nothing about when the various rifles came and went, or about the various medals.

    All I know it that those gauntlet cuffs didn't appear until 1868.
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    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blupiper View Post
    Maybe we can start a game: make up a story about those in the pic, one sentence at a time.
    JMB
    This photo shows three members of the Scottish regiment the Black Watch posing for the photograph on the night before the Battle of New Orleans, 1814, in which all three fought bravely but perished before the muskets of the American patriots, none of whom were aware that the peace treaty had already been signed two weeks prior!
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