Thursday, 17 August 2017

My late Father-in-Law, as a boy.


Lady Magnon has just returned from Blighty with a big pack of old photos that were up in our loft. The ones that I am presently scanning etc are ones that I'm particularly interested in sharing with family members, so please indulge me for a couple of days.


My late father-in-law in classic Sailor Suit, driving his rather chic peddle car.


With his people; he's the small boy on the right with the dreadlocks ringlets. Who could have thought what his life held in store; his older brother (behind him) became a Colonel in the Indian Army.

How times have changed.



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  1. That's a very posh pedal car and in top condition. As for the boy with ringlets, I kept looking at him and seeing a girl until I reread the text.

    Alphie

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    1. Ringlets were a strange phenomenon. I imagine they were a 'social' thing. I don't expect they'll make a revival.

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  2. While I know people didn't really smile in photos then, your father in law looks particularly glum. His elder brother very much looks like he has the makings of being a colonel in the Indian Army.

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    1. His sister in the foreground is almost forcing a semi-smile. Naughty gal.

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  3. Wonderful photos, I love the ringlets.

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    1. They're surprisingly nice. Social services might appear if they were done these days.

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  4. Cro, excuse me for interfering but I am assuming your father in law would have been born around the twenties. These photos appear of a much earlier date.

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    1. No, he was born in 1905, the same year as my own father. They do look very Victorian.

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  5. It's certainly the ringlets that jump out at you. A handsome family

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    1. Those ringlets are quite something!

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  6. Small boys wore short trousers and only at a certain age did they start wearing long trousers. Maybe the ringlets were cut off when a boy stopped wearing short trousers?
    Lovely photos of the history of great grandparents.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Even I can remember my first pair of 'longs'. I was allowed to wear them for a visit to the theatre. I was so proud!

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  7. That is a classic Victorian family group photograph. Very nice.

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    1. I love this picture, it has all the elements you want in an old family portrait.

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  8. I inherited a load of black, white and sepia photos from my mother. Unfortunately not one was annotated with who or when. So we have portraits of stiff looking family members in their best suits and bombazine (?) dresses.

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    1. Lady Magnon has just asked me to write who they all are on the backs. I've a big pile to do (if I can work-out who they are).

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  9. I think that your father-in-law is looking a bit fed up cos he's been given the Little Lord Fauntleroy ringlets ..... I think that it was mostly boys from affluent families that had their hair done like that and they probably got teased about it from the poorer boys !!! I love old photographs and those a brilliant. XXXX

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    1. I don't suppose he was allowed to fraternise with the non-ringlet boys. As I'd imagined, it was probably a 'them and us' statement.

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  10. That certainly was a posh car. I thought Lady Magnon was Swedish in origin, or did I just make that up?

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    1. Her mother was Swedish. I haven't seen the toy car photo for ages; I'd remembered it as a Bugatti, which it certainly isn't.

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  11. Forgive me for asking... The Scott of the Artic photo of you, did that come out of the same stable?

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    1. I was trying to imitate a back-woodsman. Quite successfully I think.

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    2. Because it was extremely cold when the pic was taken.

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  12. I love these old photographs, they speak volumes.

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    1. Just out of 'living memory' now, but not that long ago.

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  13. How times have changed indeed. We don't own India any more.

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