Antiquarian Catalan photo glee

A Renault 5 parked in a part of Vallfogona vulnerable to flooding...

A Renault 5 parked in a part of Vallfogona vulnerable to flooding...

Somewhen while my back was turned in July some civic-minded antiquarian started about nine historical photo blogs from my area of study. (What is it with Catalans and plural blogs?) The identity of this person is concealed, but they seem to have access to about twenty different local archives from various points of the Ripollès. In particular, one, L’abadia, is covering Sant Joan de les Abadesses, and one, A l’ombra del monestir, the village of its brother house of Santa Maria de Ripoll. Obviously, because they’re photo blogs, they don’t go back beyond the 1920s really, most of the pictures are of people (especially the Vallfogona football team…) and one has to fight the continual idea that all early twentieth-century events tooks place in monochrome, but all the same, the towns and local scenery have changed an awful lot in that time, and become massively more built-up. It’s now quite hard to get a sense of what the actual abbey of Sant Joan looked like in its local context, because it’s surrounded by shops. But it wasn’t so long ago that there were gardens round it:

Sant Joan de les Abadesses surrounded by gardens, date unknown

Sant Joan de les Abadesses surrounded by gardens, date unknown

I think I will be borrowing more from these people…

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