While I was looking for pictures of Aunt Eve yesterday, I spent quite a while looking at other old family photos. I love this one.
The man in the middle is my grandfather. It is 9th August 1911. The two girls are sisters. Edith became his wife. I am guessing she is the one on the right. She died in the flu’ epidemic of 1918. My grandmother was her best friend. She broke off her engagement to another man to marry Sidney and be mother to the twins, by then just two years old. One of those twins is my Aunt Kath who will be 97 in March.
Can you see this? —
!928 – Blackpool police motorcycle squad; my Dad is third from the right.
No I can’t see it. I ave forgotten how to insert pix into comment boxes, but I expect google would tell you.
Long time no comment Badger. Been away?
No, I’ve been keeping an eye on you all. Haven’t had much to say.
Does the HTML display?
No you can’t. Try this: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8461/8023163544_9d7a1d61e5_z.jpg
Wow. Great pic. What bikes. 🙂 I have some push bike pix to post too, but can’t see any of motorcycles, though my father had one.
Is this your own photo r one from the police archives? Any particular reason why it was taken do you know?
Your Grandfather looks like Paul Newman!
He was quite a vain man, so that would have pleased him immensely.
My Dad was the last person in the world you would call vain.
But you meant Paul Newman, didn’t you?
No, my grandfather.
Sorry, Isobel, forgive my solipsistic assumption.
Did he have ice-blue eyes?
(and thank you for these exchanges. I keep laughing and laughing! Can never have too much o’ laughter!)
For that, I shall have to dig out a colour photo. I think grey, but not too sure. 🙂
That’s my Dad, and they say I look just like him!
Whatcha doin’ Friday night?
Celebrating my birthday.. 😀
shuffles off nervously…
hahahahahah! it’s REALLY nice to have you back, Badger!
Skip my last comment and we’re in sync. We had this problem before. I don’t think WordPress allows photos in threads. Maybe you have to post it as part of your blog. Whatever, do with it as you will.
Treated myself to a Summilux 50 recently, which brings my kit up to what I ‘need.’ I say ‘need’ because I could at a pinch get by with just the Summicron 35 but I started to miss the old ‘standard’ 50mm lens and the ‘lux is of course f1.4 which makes it ideal for the photography I like best, street stuff mostly. All Summicrons are f2.0 and I have a 90 as well so that’s the lot before I have to mortgage my house.
No, I’m not 104 just yet! I don’t know why it was taken (in the central police station yard, those are the backs of boarding houses), maybe it was the local Gazette, maybe it was to mark the formation of the unit, maybe it was just a memento. It was obviously a pretty good camera, so perhaps it’s a press pic rather than from a Box Brownie.
The year before the Great Crash.
The sun always shone then.
I’ll post the odd pic from time to time, if that’s OK with you.
I’ve been fixin’ to ask Isobel where you were and here you are! Nice to see you again. That pic is a delight–what brand of bikes?
You can post pix in comments. I’ve done it, I just don’t remember how. It would be interesting to know if there was a story in the local paper to go with the photo. By all means post pix in comments if they are relevant to the post.
Yes, you can post pics in comments on WordPress, but only if you are an author. So we can’t post pictures in comments here, but you can on the Chariot, for example, if one has author status.
Love the family photos, by the way. 🙂
Yes, you can post pics in comments but only if one has author status. We don’t on your site.
Love the family photos, by the way. 🙂
Hi, Lahgitana! — I spent ages trying to figure out what bikes they were without much success. Best guess was a BSA something or other, I’ve forgotten the model number.
Hey Badger! I’ll send the pic to my motor-head fella; maybe he can give us more clues!
Ooops! sorry. That was meant for Lahgitana of course.
What are you doing here Araminta? How is Dorset or are you back now?
I always read Isobel’s blog but I don’t always comment. Dorset was very wet and windy last couple of days and I arrived back today.
Just visiting daughter number 2 with new baby, so had a lovely time, thank you.
Great! No one on this side has been able to ID it.
If you use HTML I think you can do it. I’ll look out my instructions.
I honestly don’t think so, Isobel. I have tried, but unless you have author status it doesn’t work.
It works on the Chariot, because we are all authors.
I am saying I think you can, because I believe I have done it, but maybe I tried and failed.
Sorry, I butted in.
I love the picture. I don’t think I can go back quite that far though I have a picture of my grandfather who looking just like Wyatt Earp (he was chief of the CID). Can you imagine dressing up like that to go on the beach today?
That certainly wasn’t Blackpool because they have miles of glorious sand there, so I’m guessing it is Brighton. Right?
Have you two finished flirting? Don’t worry, it entertains me. 🙂 Happy birthday for Friday, Pix.
My aunt wrote ‘maybe Brighton’ on the back of the photo, so I don’t know. But they lived in London, so south coast I would guess. I wonder if they have been cycling.
How many generations of police in yr family Badger?
Just the two, my grandfather, my Dad and his brother. They were quite famous in the thirties and my Dad just after the war.
My grandfather used to know Edgar Wallace. He would tell him tales — who knows what he wrote he got from granddad?
Thank you for thr birthday wishes Isobel!
My pleasure. I shall drink your health and happiness over the weekend. 🙂
Well I appreciate that and it makes my birthday all that better!
I love the picture. A window into another time. One day we will look at NotCat as an early 21st century cat peering out of an old photograph.
It was a slight shock to register that it was more than a hundred years ago. Yet I knew one of the people.
I have hijacked your thread.
I’ll leave now.
You’re forgiven. 🙂
people who live for very old ages are like a bless to a society, its great to have them around, they could really teach us many lessons
I have several relatives who are nonagenarians, and more who are octogenarians, so you are welcome to share their pooled wisdom! We also learn about their frailty, and slow diminishing of human strength.
What a cool family history! It’s neat that you’ve got the pictures to go with it.
We have a lot of pictures from the late C19 onwards. Unfortunately, they have not all been annotated. There used to be a cut out silhouette of a lady from a previous generation, but no one knows what became of it.