Whenever I am down south visiting my in-laws I like to pick up a selection of old photos from antique shops (don’t ask me why the North Island antique stores never seem to have such a thing).
This year I focused on two collections – my long-running ‘Fancy Dress’ collection, and a just-started ‘Aprons’ collection. And I got a few other pretty things as well.
I’m just tickled about my two fancy dress finds.
The back to this one reads “myself in fancy dress as an old English lady”. I think it is 1930s. I love the paisley fabric of her dress, and the ‘bonnet’ made by tying a bow over a brimmed hat, and how terrifically bad the whole outfit is. There is something so delightful about how amateur it is.
The second fancy dress photo is much more professional. It’s a studio setting, and the costumes are quite elaborate:
Awww… It’s Aladdin and Jasmine! Or just a generic harem girl and Arab sheik. The photo is signed ‘With Love, Roma’ and is pasted to an album sheet with the notation “One is Bernard Betheridge’s daughter Roma” (I presume the one sitting).
Speaking of which, this is Charles Betheridge (an uncle?):
Can anyone identify his uniform?
And Charles’ daughter, wearing what I think is an early set of bathing flotation devices:
I picked up baby Betheridge and her father Charles because they were pasted to the back of the album leaf with Roma’s fancy dress photo, but I’m just delighted to have a bigger picture of the Betheridge story.
I chose this ca. 1900 couple because the lady’s blouse was just too delicious to pass up on. Perfect inspiration for the Historical Sew Fortnightly Stripes challenge (due March 25)! The back reads “With Compliments from May Taylor and Alick Copland”. Is that the couple? I’ve actually found one Alick Copland on a genealogy site, and he’s just the right age to be this Alick Copland. He’s married to Catherine instead of May though. I sense a story…
I loved how informal this late 1910s/early 20s photo is, and am touched by the hint of sadness – the gangly kids in their socks and sandals, their sleeves too short, the woman clutching her bag in front of her. The back reads “Jill, Vera, Jim”. I bet Jill and Jim are the kids.
Last of all, two 1940s photos with women in aprons. I like apron photos for the reality – people usually take photos of their best clothes, not their work clothes, so apron photos are rare.
I wonder what the group in this photo is. A scout group perhaps? Are they showing off their just-finished aprons?
The reverse reads: “Back Row from left: H. Smith, M (or H, or A) Boyes, M Swaff, ord. M Howard, W Walsh, M Harris, A (of H) Ching, J Lucre, T Harley
And finally, an older woman in an apron with a child running out of the picture. Can anyone identify the labels of the bottles on the grass? Were they bottling, or playing lawn bowling or using them as cricket stumps perhaps?