Romany Relics, Old Days, High Days and Holidays is a photographic story of what has become know as "Wagon Time" which is the period from 1870 to 1960 showing old photos of the wealthiest travelers with their opulent wagons, dealing in horses, carpets and rugs to the other end of the scale where sheer existence relied on living on ones wits to put food in their bellies, making pegs, wooden flowers, baskets, going hawking and totting, going from place to place finding work fruit picking, hop picking and various other means of finding casual employment.
If nothing else the gypsy people of "Wagon Time", and of course today, were very hardy, resourceful and in many cases very tough just to find their path through life and all the turmoils and prejudices that came their way which made them even more determined to flourish from generation to generation.
Gypsy people were and are very family orientated which created bonds and ties that stood the test of time over centuries, the horse fairs of Appleby, Barnet, Brough Hill, Stow, Topley, Yarm were always like holiday time, meeting up with families joined by marriage, old friends and catching up with all the news and of course the horses, dealing and trading.
So this is a photographic record of these times showing many wonderful wagons, people and families from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland going through their life's journey with good humor no matter what came their way, a record of joy, hardship, pride and respect but most of all its don't the Gypsy Way.
This book is a departure from the wagon albums as I believe I have covered the subject as far as I can and I truly hope the reader finds Old Days, High Days and Holidays as enjoyable and enlightening, all the photographs of which there are over 1000 are of the period and of course are in black and white. I believe this new book is the most comprehensive collection of old photographs ever to have been put together, but for information I have relied heavily on verbal and written statements on these photos, so there is bound to be errors of information and family names here and there for which I apologies but I have done my best to be as accurate as possible given these circumstances and the age of these images.
The last chapter however is in colour and is an update on the wagon albums with one or two newly discovered old wagons and photos of wagons restored since their publication in 2010 and 2019.
Romany Relics Old Days, High Days and Holidays will only have 250 copies printed with number and signed certificates and like the previous books will also never be reprinted.
This is my very last book which will complete a set of three volumes of Romany Relics.