By way of a change I thought I'd show some very old family photographs that were once shown on my Sepia Saturday blog.
CLOTHES MAKETH THE MAN! Just look at my Dad in his plus fours, is he a dandy or what? For an exceptionally quiet man he had remarkable dress taste. His Sister, my Aunt May, seemed quite comfortable to be standing next to him.
According to Wikipedia: Plus Fours were described as an "extravagant, careless style that fit right in with the looser fashions and lifestyles of the 1920s" Plus Fours are trousers that extend 4 inches (10 cm) below the knee (and thus four inches longer than traditional knickerbockers, hence the name). As they allow more freedom of movement than knickerbockers, they have been traditionally associated with sporting attire from the 1860s and onward, and are particularly associated with golf. My Dad never played golf.
Same two, t'other way round. At least one got back to normal dress!
The family was deeply upset over the loss. One or two pieces remain, found amongst a bag full of loose photographs, some cut to size, all with ageing sellotape marks where they'd been stuck elsewhere. It is thought they were taken out of the scrapbook at some time and simply cast aside. This snippet was definitely a Grandfather Harry offering since it was signed by him. Isn't it sad that something so old and at one time precious should have been treated in such a way… the following being one of them.
The photograph shows grandfather as a serving soldier in the first world war.
This picture, mounted on card, was issued by the Royal Family and given to servicemen.
At least, that's the story I was told.
DAD'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY
Grandfather, Grandmother, and six children
Grandma with the three eldest, George, Elsie and May, none of whom are still alive. In fact, out of the six only two remain.
Grandma with the baby of the family, Uncle Norman, who was 20 years younger than my Dad. I was born seven years later
Grandmother and me ... Oooops sorry, that's the wrong picture
This is Grandma and me. Sweet or what!
Grandma was a staunch Methodist and belonged to an organisation known as Christian Endeavour. I think this must be the same Christian Endeavour that started in Portland, Maine, in 1881. She always wore a badge with the initials C.E. which I used to think were her own since her name was Charlotte Eliza.
That's it, life history in pictures. As for my Mom's side of the family, very little is known, not even a picture to gaze at.