Sepia Saturday 118 – Going Out – no bagpipes please!

This week’s theme for Sepia Saturday is “going out”, as suggested by Liz Stratton of Attics and Old Lace.  I could have posted many photos of the family on outings to the playground, picnics, or fishing trips, but I chose a few showing my maternal grandparents, Douglas and Elsie (of the road trip to Monaco) going out to dinner.  Please feel free to come along!

Here they are at a social event in 1950 – they’re the couple on the left.  I don’t know who their friends are but they were obviously close, and I love the lady’s halter neck dress.  On close inspection, I wonder if the man is Elsie’s younger brother, Bill, who was a surgeon and emigrated from Scotland to the US.  I don’t remember ever meeting him.  His sisters called him “Wee Billy B” as he was the baby of the family :-)

And again at a Christmas Bash in December 1951 – Elsie’s sister, Jan, is the lady on the left sporting a rather nautical-looking hat similar to the man in the middle.  I wonder what that was about?  If you look closely behind the glamorous lady holding a glass of wine, there is someone loitering at the door with a shopping bag.  It’s not Santa, then.

Grub’s up!  We’re waiting on the dessert course and Elsie is showing great interest in something on the table.  Where on earth did she get those black lacy gloves?  There’s a poster pinned to the curtains – maybe it was advertising the entertainment for the evening?

Douglas looks rather proprietorial with his hands clasped in front of him.  Some of the boys at the back look very young.  Maybe it was a “works do”?  Douglas started off as a mechanic and ending up running a motor dealership in Dunfermline, so maybe the youngsters were apprentice mechanics.

A more recent shot – I reckon from the 1980’s.  Elsie is in red with Douglas’s brother, Norman, on her right.  The brothers were spread out over the UK, but met up regularly.  It must have been cold outside – look at the condensation on the windows.  Do you think Douglas is trying to stick his fingers in his ears as the piper goes past?  :-)

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Sepia Saturday 116 – Facial Hair – no, not mine

The theme for this week’s Sepia Saturday post is Facial Hair.  I’m not a big fan of the old Face Fungus – a bit of designer stubble is OK, but a man sporting the full “burst mattress” look  is likely to see me heading for the hills.  At speed.

I couldn’t find any photos of beards in Great Granny’s collection, however there were a couple of moustaches.  First of all, I present Great Granny and her husband (James Stewart) who has quite a full “mouser”.

And to follow, we have their son, also James Stewart.

James was my see-sawing Granny‘s brother  – I had no idea that she had two brothers, I had only ever heard talk of one.  My auntie was helping me identify relatives in old photos, and I came to this picture of a handsome young airman and asked “do you know who this is?” and she replied “that’s my uncle who was killed in World War II”.   I did a bit of further research and was able to find out where and when he died – he and his crew were in a Wellington bomber heading for Wilmhelmshaven when their plane was lost without trace.  I’m so pleased that I found him in the photo collection and can give him his rightful place in our family tree.

Here’s an interesting item I came across

It’s a Moustache Cup – designed to prevent one’s ‘tache dangling in one’s tea and the subsequent drips and embarrassment in front of visitors :-)

My Grandfather on my maternal side told us all sorts of dubious stories when we were kids.  This post reminds me of one tale, which said that if you were having difficulty growing a luxuriant beard, you should rub salt on your chin.  When the hair sprouts out looking for a drink, you should tie a knot in it so it can’t retreat.  Hmm….

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Sepia Saturday 115 – Fun and Games

This weeks Sepia Saturday inspiration comes from a 1904 photo of Korean women playing a board game.  I’ve raided Great Granny’s albums again, and while there are no photos of board games, Granny got up to various other activities with her cousins, the Hardies. These pictures are rather more sedate than previous ones!

Anyone for tennis?  This picture was taken on a weekend away at Elmslea in Dundee in May 1928.  The little girl looks really grumpy – was there a tantrum brewing up?

Granny, on the left, was keen on golf  – this was taken in 1928 at Mount Pleasant.  No loud checked trousers or Pringle jumpers for these two lady golfers.  She must have been keen on watching golf as well as she took this photo of Bobby Jones (USA) playing in the British Open Golf Championships.

There’s no date noted on the back, but a quick internet search shows that Bobby won with a score of 285 at St Andrews in 1928.  He also won the British Open Championship in 1926 and 1930.

I don’t know what game they are playing here – I can’t see any rackets or a ball – but they’ve rigged up a bit of netting in the garden.  Any ideas?  I see there’s a hat abandoned on the grass and hope it didn’t get trampled in the excitement….

Here we have a tennis court and a pile of rackets on the table but it seems that relaxing in deck chairs was preferable.  Check out the hats and that parasol!

I’m very pleased to see the young lad cuddling the cat (I’m a Cat Person) and even the cat looks pleased :-)  I suspect he was a big ginger cat.

If you enjoyed this peek into Great Granny’s album you can see more by clicking the link in the cloud tag on the right.

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Sepia Saturday – 1955 road trip from Scotland to Europe and back

This week’s Sepia Saturday theme is on the subject of shoes, however all my family photos seem to show folks in Utilitarian Footwear (not very attractive or interesting) so I’m not sticking with the theme this week (although I would show you photos of my huge collection of US-made cowboy boots if you asked nicely).  Granny did do some outrageous stuff while wearing her good stockings and shoes, but that’s a story you’ve heard before, while she was up a tree with her cousins, and old enough to know better.  This week, may I introduce my maternal  Grandmother (the somewhat boistrous and fun Elsie of the trashed sewing box) and the rather more reserved but the best Granddad ever (Douglas the biker)….

Having posted a charming photo of Norman (Douglas’s brother) and his cute granddaughter, Rose, I decided to rummage around in my photos and see what pics I have of Douglas’s other brothers.  Douglas had 6 brothers,  James who died aged 3 1/2 from scarlet fever, Bruce and Tommy who I don’t have any photos of, and Andrew, Norman and Gordon.  These last three brothers managed to maintain contact with Douglas and they met up regularly and had photos taken for posterity.  Douglas was the last of the brothers to die,  in 2002 (he was 91).

Douglas and Elsie took a road trip in 1955 with Douglas’s brother, Gordon, and his wife Betty.  My mum would have been 17 when her folks just decided to Up Sticks from central Scotland and head off to Europe for a couple of months.  Quite a surprising decision at the time, I would think, but Douglas was a mechanic to trade, so they had no worries about the reliability of the vehicle.  They obviously had no worries about being shut in a car with his brother and sister-in-law either :-)

They headed off from Fife, Scotland – and I have to tell you, I never saw Douglas or Elsie in such a casual state when they were older – so it’s lovely to see now :-).  The four of them went off on their travels, annoying goatherds in the French Alps by nicking their sticks

picnicking at the side of the road while the locals were trying to fish,

and generally being a bit touristy.  I bet Douglas had to drag Elsie out of the Casino.

But at least the only run-in with the cops was to find out the way to Turin, and not to bail Elsie out of the Police Station :-)

There will be a couple of further instalments from this little album, so if you are a Sepia Saturday blogger and want to see what the Fab Four got up to, please subscribe in your reader of choice, as I hope to be back “on theme” next week :-)

Jo :-)

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#Sepia Saturday 112 : Saturday 11 February 2012

This week’s idea for Sepia Saturday, inspired by Linda, the Paper Collector, is a photo of a  man with an impressive ‘tache reading a book – in fact, he looks like he’s been interrupted and is possibly slightly grumpy.

The only photo I could find of a man with a ‘tache and a book is of my maternal Grandfather’s brother, Norman, sharing a very large book with his delightful Granddaughter, Rose, and both look far from grumpy.

I wonder what it was that made Rose laugh so much?  Perhaps he stashed something funny inside the book.  To me, this looks like a professional photo taken in a studio – Rose’s posh frock and the background make me think so.  Norman died in 1995 aged 81, and I don’t remember ever meeting him – he had moved from Scotland to the south west of England.  I don’t have any early photos of Norman, just older ones, when “the Porter brothers” had the time to get together for family reunions, after they had all retired.  Subsequently our families have lost touch.  More “living relative” research required – Rose probably is on Facebook :-)

Jo :-)

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Sepia Saturday – Granny and a dog, again, again, again

This week’s Sepia Saturday theme is on the subject of dogs.  Us Brits are notoriously sentimental about our pets, and I remember my Grandad having a Border Terrier (called Doug) who hated children, because he wasn’t used to having them around.  He would pose for photos wearing my Grandad’s specs and with a pipe hanging from his mouth, but he hated the noise we made. We were forever being told “keep away from the dog”.  Dad also had a Border Collie when I was very young, and she was old, snappy and aggressive – collies are notorious for only having one master, and this one used to chase my Mum out of the kitchen on a regular basis.  As a result, I’ve not been as keen on dogs as I have been on other animals.  Granny appears to have had a faithful Spaniel, judging by the photos found in Great Granny’s album.  I don’t know if the dog belonged to Granny, or was just a regular fixture, but it features heavily…

There’s no disguising those ridiculous Plus 4’s that cousin Frank is wearing.  This is Frank’s Dad and Mum, David Hardie and Mary Auchmuty, with Granny in between them.

I’m not sure who the handsome young man is, but I suspect he is a Kininmonth cousin – hopefully my new-found cousin Janet will be able to confirm this for me :-)  He’s a big strapping lad, and there’s That Dog again.

Frank, Granny, Mary, and help?  But That (fatter) Dog’s there again :-)

No Granny in this photo, but I do know that he was Granny’s special friend – I haven’t identified him yet, but he was very important to her.  The young lady is having a bit of a scream – I wonder who she is?  And what he said?  And, Deputy Dawg’s there again.

This must have been taken at the same place, probably on the same day, judging by Granny’s outfit, with the Same Dog – different bloke.  Perhaps a day that they had visitors such as cousins, or a family “do” like a wedding?  Maybe they’re not well-dressed enough for it to be a wedding, another family occasion then.

Now, I’m presuming that this is the same dog, but only because it looks Friesian like in the other photos, and it has been taken in the same place, as the gate is very similar, with the criss-cross wire to keep the rabbits out, high hedges either side, and an interesting roofline in the foreground.  I’m not too sure who these handsome young men are, but I suspect the one on the right is a Hardie cousin.

Deputy Dawg is involved somewhere, he/she was definitely an important part of the family, as the pics show.

Disappointingly, I couldn’t find the couple of group photos that I have which feature cats (my master of choice) but I will wait for Alan to do a “cat theme” and make sure I am at the ready :-)

Jo :-)

See what everyone else has done with their old pics on a Sepia Saturday theme – go on, join in, it doesn’t have to be sepia, in fact it doesn’t have to fit in with the theme, you can go your own way :-)  Chuck something in and see what our interpretations are -we’re  friendly bunch, do it, do it, do it for next Saturday

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Fun with search terms

Inspired by Amy Coffin at We Tree I had a look at the search terms people have used to reach my blog.  I feel some of them may have been sadly disappointed.  I hope you are not so disappointed.

sewing box – that’ll be because of my Sewing Box Pyschology post about how two ladies can buy the same sewing box at the same time, but one (grandmother) trashes hers in a few years, while the other one (her sister’s) remains pristine 50 years on.  I have them both and can tell at ten paces which one belonged to Elsie.

granny album – yes, Great Granny kept an album of all Granny’s antics, and I am lucky enough to be in possession of it.  It is causing hilarity at ImagesPast Cottage and I have tagged the posts if you wish to see what she got up to (look for Great Granny’s Album in the tag cloud).

glamorous granny – ah, this is no doubt connected to the above.  Nuff said.

stonehaven fireballs association – we have very “wide and varied” traditions here, this is just one of them.  I can still smell the singeing leg hair and kilts.

car maintenance for girls – well, you probably know by now that I am quite keen on British sports cars, if not the maintenance aspect, but I’m not sure if it’s my post about cars built by women for women, or my racing pram post that people are landing on.  Either is good :-)

grandpa granddaughter – this one’s a bit iffy, seriously iffy, in fact.  I removed some words (cheating, I know, but it was rather unsavoury) however, what they disappointingly landed on was no doubt the beautiful little Rose and her Grandpa, my Grandpa’s brother.  Fabulous photo :-)

oropesa ship – ah yes, some members of the family took a cruise on the RMS Oropesa in the 1920’s and I have a couple of pics.  I suspect this was post-gin o’clock.  Or perhaps that was normal behaviour back then?

royal infirmary edinburgh – I’m sorry if you wasted your time Googling for the hospital during an emergency only to find my Mum’s nursing badges instead.  I hope you survived OK.

sepia + busty – hmm, this is due to a rather inflammatory headline that I gave a post about Granny (she of the album) hoping make the post enticing.   I called it “#Sepia Saturday 99 – Glamorous Granny (no, not busty blonde mother of 6)” but I fear that Googlers may have, yet again, been disappointed with the actual content.

Please do leave me a comment to let me know how amused/disappointed you were.

Jo :-)

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