Saturday, 17 April 2010

Sepia Saturday: Sunny Essex

This is Mag's great aunt Jessica. Her parents were William and Fanny Hues. The family, including Jessica's older sister, Ellen Jemima, lived and grew up in the Shirley area of Southampton, although Jessica later moved away and lived in Ilford, Essex, where she had two children, Eric and Joan. Beyond this, and her year of birth, we have scant information about her.


Jessica was born in 1896, and it seems odd, somehow, to see her, a late Victorian, sporting these rather stylish sunglasses. Of course, if she had been a silent movie star, this look would have been totally in keeping.


Enjoying a quiet moment on a park bench, Jessica's sunglasses steal the show, putting those of her friend firmly in the shade.


Even Jessica's son, Eric, gets to wear the same, or similar, during this spot of sunbathing.

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© 2010, copyright Martin T. Hodges

26 comments:

  1. Very COOL shades! Relaxed & Modern (they would come in quite handy at the moment.given the volcanic ash thats gonna rain down on us in any minute!)

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  2. Oh my! That set of photos is kind of eerie!

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  3. Those sunglasses really do steal the show, don't they.

    The glasses almost look like they've come out of a different era.

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  4. Jessica's shades certainly are stealing the show. They're fabulous. Looks like Eric even had to get in on it!

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  5. Very fetching, but somehow slightly disconcerting. I don't think I've ever seen glasses quite like them before! The glasses aside, Eric looks a lot like his mother.

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  6. those sunglasses made me laugh! Didn't know they would have been so fashionable back in the day! Actually don't think I've seen sunglasses in photos of that time before! Something unique here!

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  7. the pup needs a pair of those shades!!

    excellent snaps!! happy sepia saturday

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  8. The sunglasses are fantastic. I read the other day that it's becoming fashionable for kids to go round wearing the 3D glasses they're given in the cinema now. Same kind of look, I suspect.

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  9. Great photos--those are some fabulous shades, & they definitely belie Great Aunt Jessica's Victorian roots!

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  10. Those are the coolest shots AND shades, Martin! They remind me so much of the little glasses on an elastic that I used to wear to lie under a sunlamp that my dad bought in the 70s. Imagine!

    Jessica looks like a quirky lady - I think we would have got on.

    Kat

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  11. They all look so serious...but I think they're having fun with those sunglasses!
    About your comment on my blog- I'm dying to know the rest of the story (Mark Twain v/s Leonard Mefford). I've been trying but so far no luck. I'll keep you informed.

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  12. Wonderful shots. It seems the park bench is not as much a part of daily life any more.

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  13. Fantastic! And I love how cool she looks too! Very fashion forward.

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  14. I too was thinking they looked like 3-D glasses. I guess it's too early for them to be blast goggles from atomic bomb testing!

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  15. Jessica is marvelous! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and introducing yourself, so I could come here and enjoy her sense of humor, as well as her stupendous legs.

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  16. 1896! Really? She looks like a new ingenue. Very stylish and cool. I love the glasses.

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  17. wow, those glasses are great.
    I have a lot of 20's-40's family beach photos, and it hadn't occurred to me but I don't think any of them feature sunglasses

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  18. Thank you everyone. Those sunglasses certainly got a response didn't they?

    There is an eeriness, I think, as suggested by Vicki. And now that Kat, Fran and Sean have mentioned it, they wouldn't look out of place under a sun lamp, or during the Atomic tests of the 1950s. Still, they are fun for all that. Now I must trawl around for my next Sepia Saturday offering.

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  19. Lovely shots, every one of them! The moments look like quiet moments in the sun and green. And the shades are for the sun, yes, but also for vanity's sake. Who wants to live without a little speck of vanity?

    Nevine

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  20. Nevine - I have the feeling that Jessica and Eric were enjoying the 'look' as well as the benefits too. Good for them!

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  21. They all three could have been movie stars and ready to walk the red carpet. They are neat photos.

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  22. Larry - Thanks. Those glasses do seem to lend a certain start quality don't they?

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  23. Wow! There is something almost science fiction about these, and the fact that they got passed on amongst family members adds to the mystery!

    As an Essex girl, I loved it!

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  24. Those sunglasses are amazing! And this woman's pout complete this sexy look. The picture of the man wearing them made me laugh.

    Thanks for this delightful blog!

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  25. The sunglasses capture the entire show. I suspect that somewhere your Great Aunt Jessica is looking down saying "why did he have to show that photograph of me"

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  26. I love this idea and may join the Sepia Saturday forces since I have loads of old photos I'd love to share...thanks. By the way...GREAT sunglasses!

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