The negative on glass was made by professor Romulus Vuia in 1923, in Cârnești, Totești, Hunedoara county, Hațeg Country.
In the image foreground, there are two boys, of different ages, who were walking on stilts, in winter time, on the village alley. To the right of the image, there is a household fence, and to the left a row of trees. The stilts are two wooden poles, provided with a support that serves to raise the foot, when walking. The stilts were used to walk high above the ground, especially in muddy places.
Children are dressed up in winter clothes. The boy on the left of the image is wearing: a round, black hat with big bottom, made of sheep fur; a home-woven shirt with wide sleeves, finished in wrinkled wristbands; leather belt; clogged sheepskin breastplate, simple, without any decoration; trousers with a simple cut, without any ornamentation, fastened below the knees with straps; long winter coat with sleeves (“șuba”), made of white cloth with strings (“bârnași”) applied all around (braided strings), simple, worn over the shoulders, fastened around the neck; stockings (“obiele”) made of white cloth with black horizontal stripes, over which are worn sandals (“opinci”) with high tips, tied with straps. The boy on the right of the image is wearing: a usual black high-pitched hat; white shirt; white trousers having a simple cut; black knee-long coat with sleeves, having a simple cut, closed in front with three buttons; stockings (“obiele”) made of polychromatic fabric in small checks; sandals (“opinci”) with high tips, tied with straps.
The negative with inventory no. 354, registered by title “With the stilts”, is made on glass support, in the dry gelatin technique, with dimensions of 9 cm x 12 cm.
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