Saturday, May 01, 2010

Sepia Stan Part 2

Two weeks ago I posted a photo of my great-uncle Stan in his Home Guards uniform and promised more to come....

..... so here is a little bit more.

I don't know much about Uncle Stan's family. He married my father's Aunt, and we saw a lot of them but I have no memories of seeing or meeting any of his own family. However we have quite a few photos of them.

This is his mother as a child, with her parents and nurse. I guess they were fairly well off.


Mabel Nellie Boswell, I don't know her date of birth.


Here Mabel is, all grown up and with her husband,

Arthur Cornelius Woodruff, born 21st November 1878.

And this is Uncle Stan - back right - his mother front left, and to the front right is his brother Ray who died in WW2.




Stan was born in August, 1906.
I thought this was the earliest photo I have of Stan, in his choir boy robes...


...but, though this photo is labelled (by my father) "unknown", I think that Stan is here, middle row 2nd from the left. What do you think? or maybe it is Ray.

16 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Old photographs are fascinating, especially when one has to guess who's on them. :)

Gledwood said...

Those snapshots are amazing! I specially like that 1920s one 2nd from bottom...

... I can't see why such pictures seem to becoming rarer by the day ~ why would any family chuck stuff like that out, even if you don't know exactly who is who... as Akela pointed out, half the fun's in guessing!!

Martin H. said...

The first two photographs are especially nice. I think the little boy in the group looks a lot like Ray.

willow said...

I love those candid "walking" pictures! Yours is just lovely. I also like how the nanny is included in their family portrait. So endearing.

Betsy said...

Lettuce ~ you certainly have some of the best old photograph of all of us. These are just lovely!

Nana Jo said...

Whenever I see an old school photograph, I always wonder what happened to all the little girls and boys posed so importantly in their starched white dresses and best little outfits. That little boy certainly could be Ray. He has the same nose and ears.

Nancy said...

What lovely photographs! It's too bad there's not a date on the class picture - or a calendar somewhere in the photo - to help you narrow down the date and decide which boy it is. I agree it must be one of them!

Ronda Laveen said...

Oh, those clothes. I am so enamored of vintage styles.

tut-tut said...

I like to animate these in my mind's eye. What happens next, do you think, when the photographer's done??

Planning my blog reading to be a bit more regular, Lettuce!

Barbara said...

I especially like the hat in the group-of-6 shot.

dennis said...

Dennis is confused.

tony said...

Im not sure what the average UK school class size is these days.but the class's then seemed nice & small.
Great photos Lettuce!

Shammickite said...

Mabel Nelly Boswell's birth was registered in the June quarter of 1888 in the Greenwich registration district of London.
Mabel's marriage to Arthur Cornelius Woodruff was registered in the June quarter of 1905 in the West Ham registration district.
Stanley John Woodruff's birth was registered in West Ham in the September quarter 1906.
His brother Ray could be Raymond George Woodruff whose birth was registered June quarter 1910 at Stamford.

Alan Burnett said...

Great photographs (and wonderfully displayed and described). We all seem to have one of those old school photographs in our collections and on every one I have seen of that period, the faces all seem to look just the same. You don't see faces like that these days.

Shammickite said...

Mabel's parents were Charles Boswell, born in Kingsland, Middx, in 1854, and his wife Mary Ann, also born in Kingsland in 1856.
Mabel was one of at least 7 children: Charles 1876, Mary Ann 1879, Sarah 1884, Ada 1886, Mabel 1888, Edward 1894, Elizabeth 1896.
In 1881 the family lived at 48 Fuller St, London. In 1901, Charles Boswell lived in Cann Hall and was a carman. His son Charles worked as a Commercial Clerk, and Sarah and Ada worked as Tin Box Makers.

lettuce said...

thanks all

and shammickite!! you are amazing me!! where are you getting all this?
keep it coming!!!!

:-)