A small body of historic photographs of fishermen wearing ganseys have survived to this date. In the past, having pictures taken was quite an expensive activity, with most fisherfolk being photographed only on special occasions, such as before a long journey or when returning with a really good catch. In this context, fishermen often appeared in their best gansey (their ‘Sunday best’) in wedding or family photographs. However, photographic records have often proven one of the most accurate sources of gansey patterns.

Here are some of the historic photographs gathered so far. Please Get in Touch if you have any images you would like to share, any extra information, or if you notice any obvious mistakes.

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