I'm having such a wonderful time looking through old scrap books and photographs, scanning and annotating. I have a growing directory on my hard drive, its hard to know which pictures to choose for today's post.
So, I've simply gone to the first sub-folder and picked the first photograph.
Amongst the photos I'm looking through there are lots of holiday photos. Then, like now, holidays were obviously key occasions for snapping and recording. And there are quite a few pictures of holiday groups consisting of family together with other people from the hotel or guest house, people just met whilst there. Some of them are house parties, like this one below which was taken in the 1920's.
Being away on holiday seems to have been quite a community-oriented, social process - more than today maybe? We used to go on houseparty holidays when I was a child in the 1960's and early 70's - they were wonderful. So many children to play with! I think they were probably more riotous and less formal than those glimpsed in my earlier family's history.
Or maybe they were riotous inside the house, and only formal once outside?
First left at the back (your left as a viewer) is my grandfather on my dad's side - Harold like my maternal grandfather, but never known as Harry like him. We called him "Big Grandad". At this stage he would have been courting, or engaged to - or possibly married to - my gran. Third left, with the moustache and glasses, is her father Henry, and almost hidden behind him her mother Annie. My gran herself is seated at the front on the left.
The woman standing in the middle, with the crochet detail at the bottom of her sweater must be a family member too, she's in a number of the photos I have. I must try and find out who she is...
Happy sepia saturday!
(I may take a while to get around to your blogs this weekend but I will return your visit sooner or later...)
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