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Visit to Madeira - Entrance to Bella Vista Hotel

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Visit to Madeira - Entrance to Bella Vista Hotel

Black and white lantern slide of a woman being carried down some outside steps in a canopied hammock attached to a pole being carried by two men. a third man walks down the steps beside them - Visit to Madeira. Part of Box 125 - Madeira. Boswell Collection. Once ashore, the favourite way of getting about was by hammock. Two local stalwarts would carry an elaborate canopied hammock slung on a pole between their shoulders. Hammocks were used for long country jaunts and picnics, the bearers having to carry their charges for miles on end. Date: circa 1890s

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Ashore Atlantic Attached Carried Carry Elaborate Favourite Hammock Hammocks Madeira Once Pole Portugal Portuguese Shoulders Slides Slung Walks Canopied


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1. Title: A Vintage Journey: A Lady's Grand Tour of Madeira - Entrance to Bella Vista Hotel (circa 1890s) 2. Description: Step back in time and join us on a captivating journey to the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira in the late 19th century. This evocative black and white lantern slide captures a moment in time as a woman, dressed in elegant Victorian attire, is being carried down the steps of the Bella Vista Hotel by two strong local men. The third man walks alongside them, ensuring a smooth descent. 3. Background: Once ashore, the preferred mode of transportation for tourists in Madeira was by hammock. The island's undulating terrain made walking challenging, and the use of hammocks for long country jaunts and picnics became a popular and practical solution. The bearers had to carry their charges for miles on end, making this an essential service for visitors. 4. Scene Details: In this image, the woman is being carried in an elaborate canopied hammock, slung on a pole between the shoulders of her two stalwart bearers. The third man, likely her companion, walks down the steps beside them, ensuring a graceful and comfortable descent for his lady. The Bella Vista Hotel, a popular destination for tourists during this era, can be seen in the background. 5. Historical Context: This image offers a glimpse into the past, showcasing the unique travel experiences of the late 1800s. The use of hammocks for transportation was a testament to the resourcefulness and hospitality of the local people, making the visit to Madeira an unforgettable adventure for Victorian tourists. 6. Conclusion: This lantern slide, part of the Boswell Collection, transports us back to a bygone era and invites us to explore the rich history and allure of Madeira during the late 19th century. Join us as we continue to uncover the stories and secrets of this enchanting island.

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