Saturday, March 06, 2010

dad

Well we're off to see my dear old dad today, so I'm a little short of time - but an easy choice as to whose picture to post. And it seems apt, as my last 2 Sepia Saturday posts have been photos of my gran, his mother + his grandmother and great-grandmother.

Dad has had a rough patch of illness lately, but the doctor acted quickly and he seems to be doing well now - I'm so looking forward to seeing him.
It was my father's family (unlike my mother's) which was the more moneyed and had quite a lot of photos taken and even owned a camera, so theres quite a bit of choice amongst the pictures of him as a child.
Here are a couple of favourites:

Dad - Alan Henry - was born in December 1927, so this was probably taken in 1928 or possibly early 1929.



We still have this little hat - heres my Little Gem wearing it in 1995. I loved those stripey baggy trousers. And she loved that bizarre Richard Scarryesque mushroom house-thing.



The photo below was taken in 1935, when dad was 8


which we know for sure as the photo, which is hand-coloured, is in this presentation folder:




Sorry if it takes me a while to get around to visiting your blogs this weekend, I'll try to get there sooner or later...

And for other Sepia Saturday posts - look over here

30 comments:

Wendy said...

In that photo of your Dad as a baby, I can see hints of the Sos to come.

Nathan had that mushroom house too - I bought it at a car boot sale in Coventry in 1998 for £2 and he loved it to bits.

Akelamalu said...

The first photo of your Dad is so cute. It's strange how baby's clothes then were sort of unisex weren't they?

Martin H. said...

Lovely pictures of your dear Dad. Here's wishing him continued good health and happiness.

Baino said...

You are lucky to have both the hat and yer Da . .I miss mine incredibly. Your Gem is gorgeous and I hope your dad is too .. enjoy the break and hug him till he tells you to stop. He's quite the 'wingnut'

subby said...

Glad you could place the photos ( or near as, wot? ) And love the hat :)

Poetikat said...

Have a wonderful time with your dad, Sally. Savour every moment.

I love your photos of him and your Little Gem.

Kat

SueG said...

I love the hat and I love that you kept it and I love that your own baby wore it. Beautiful!

Vicki Lane said...

Love the furry hat and the look of mischief on his face!

tony said...

I Love The Hats! I Am Glad Your Dad Is On The Mend.Have A Fine Weekend Lettuce.

The Silver Fox said...

I'm amazed that you still have that hat!

And it is a pain trying to estimate the date of undated photos, and the ages of the people in them, innit? I've been doing a lot of that in my own SS series.

Liza said...

All the very best to your Dad. What beautiful photographs.
Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

What a cutey! And I love the hat. What a treasure to still have it.

ArtSparker said...

He looks supremely self-confident in the Juilee year photo.

R. said...

Looking at old photographs of one's parents can be such a 'magical' experience... At least that's how I felt last weekend when I was looking at my parents' old albums.

I'm glad to hear your father is feeling better Sally. That's always great to hear. Take care and enjoy your visit!

xo, r

Giulia said...

I hope you have a good visit & that he's feeling well. Those photos are lovely; the one showing him at 8 is adorable.

xo

Meri said...

What chubby little cheeks he had as a baby! And he was a cute boy. I'm sure he is quite a handsome man. Glad to hear he's on the road to recovery.

Leah said...

Charming little baby and little boy! And what a hat. So funny to see it worn inter-generationally...

willow said...

I have a picture of my grandfather in that same style fuzzy hat, coat and leggings. I love that you still have the hat and took photos of your cutie in it!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

my relatives seemed to have missed out on the fuzzy hat craze!! what a wondeful photo - and so great that the hats still making it's rounds! perhaps on day a grandchild will be able to wear it!

hugs and healing vibes to your dad! hope you have a terrific visit. am with my folks this weekend too! at 84 and 87, they are hanging in there and I'm counting my blessings that they are!

hugs to you too sally

e said...

Beautiful photos of your dad, and I'm glad his doctor treated him quickly and he's well now. I hope you have many years ahead and enjoy your visit.

Love the furry hat, too.

Barry said...

That is one neat little hat! Amazing it still survives.

Your dad was quite the good looking little boy.

lettuce said...

thanks for your good dad-wishes, he's doing well, we had a lovely day. I fully know how well i am to have him still. There was some good hugging.

quite a few childhood photos of him have that mischievious gleam - he still has it! but not so much the wingnut ears, he obviously grew out of that.

Wendy, I thought I could see S in that baby photo too.

Willow I hope you'll post your photo some time, I'd love to compare.

the intergenerational hat is certainly something...

PattyF said...

What a great baby photo! I love the hat and the coy look on his face, as if it's a struggle to stand still long enough for the photographer to snap the pic. I hope he gets better soon!

Pat said...

great photo; how wonderful you had the hat for your own!

The Clever Pup said...

Ah look at the wee little fellow. He's precious.

sue said...

great photos and love the hat and the stripey pants:o)
hope you had a lovely day xx

Steve said...

Beautiful photos! I'm impressed the hat lasted so long and seemed to wear so well.

That's a great photo folder, too!

Barbara said...

I love old photos like these. You should ask him if he has any recollection of posing for the 1935 picture.

Reya Mellicker said...

Your father is lovely! Hey ... I "friended" you on Skype. If you accept maybe we can video talk one of these days. Wouldn't that be fun?

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