Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sepia Saturday

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...)

19 comments:

Poetikat said...

Hi Lettuce!

So nice to see you participating in SS and your first photo is a winner!
I was going to remark on the detail in that lovely crocheted sweater—interesting that you don't know who she is.
We used to do the family outing with my mom's sister, Kay and her husband and kids. Willow Beach, a bit north of Toronto was the destination. I must see if I can find some of those.

Your family group here looks a jovial sort—especially the fellow at the front right in the light suit.

Leah said...

What very handsome people! And yes, the crochet detail--that particular style of filet crochet seems so modern applied in that way.

Wonderful portrait.

Barbara said...

I need help figuring out how to organize the many similar old photos that I have. I get so concerned when I don't know who the people are.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

great photo and the quality is exceptional!

this sepia saturday is great fun! love this time travel

Betsy said...

Oooh...love this one! What a beautiful family and I love how they are all smiling...so sweet. I'm so glad you are joining in...this is so much fun!

Giulia said...

Lovely, Lettuce. Your gran was quite pretty...must rush but will be back.

xo

ArtSparker said...

The Letter forms are wonderful

Megan said...

Yes, most if not all of our holidays were spent with other families. Rent a big old house at the beach or in the mountains and pile in.

It worked well - the kids had other kids to play with which cut down on sibling violence and the adults could take turns with things like cooking, laundry, etc.

What year was this photo taken, do you know? Does it say in the post and I missed it?

Martin H. said...

A wonderful group photograph. Ever wondered what snippets of conversation may have been heard just before and after the snap was taken?

My daughter always referred to my grandfather as her 'Big Grandad' too. I think it was because she couldn't quite understand the term great grandad at the time. Anyway, it stuck.

Alan Burnett said...

First of all welcome to Sepia Saturday and thank you so much for joining in. And what a debut photograph!. There is so much history in all those faces, so much personality. I strongly believe that we have a duty to preserve and share these stunning items of visual history.

lettuce said...

Hi Kat - and Leah - that sweater does look very contemporary, doesn't it? I love looking closely at the clothing and fabrics in these old pictures.

(btw, my first Sepia Sat. post was the Saturday previous)

Barbara, I feel that - I want to know who they were!

Mouse, the technology is great isn't it? they mostly scan in so well

It is fun Betsy.
And Giulia - she was very pretty - I've some lovely pictures of her, she was obviously much photographed.

Aren't they, ArtSparker? I think they kind of make the photo actually.

you too Megan? I remember sleeping in essentially a dorm, and telling scary stories. Oh, and getting lost on my way to the loo in the middle of the night. This was 1920's, but I don't know more exactly. I'd guess early 1920's, from comparing my gran with other photos, she looks quite young here.

Martin, hello! yes, definately I wonder! We had a Big Grandad - this one here - and a Little Grandad (in my previous Sepia Saturday post) - and this was to do with physical size.

Thanks Alan - yes, I think we do. And to remember their stories while they are still known.

The Mistress said...

This photograph is just lovely. I too, want to know who the woman with the lovely sweater is! I just love a good mystery:)
I noticed that you're a fan of Miranda July. Me too!

tony said...

For Some Reason,I Cant Help Thinking You Would Be Much Less Likely To Get Such A Large Multi-Generational Family Group Together These Days. They Look Good And Comfortable In Each Others Company.A Grand Crew!

Jill said...

Your Gran has such a sweet face...and your Grandfather Henry is SO VERY distinguished looking. A wonderful photograph.

e said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely photo. Do you know who took it? If a member of your clan then perhaps your photography skills and wonderful eye are partly genetic?

Stephanie said...

A very nice photo, great detail.

Chick said...

Your Gran is lovely. I love these old photos so much & their clothes...wow...beautiful.

Wendy said...

They were probably a lot more lively and riotous than the photo depicts. I read somewhere recently that people looked so serious in those early photos because to take the photo a long exposure time was needed so they had to hold still, and keep the same facial expression, for ages - and it was easier not to hold a smile.

Cool picture Sally - I wish I had more old family stuff.

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