Friday, 13 August 2010
Sepia Saturday: On Three Wheels
Back in April of this year, I posted about Mag's great aunt Jessica, born 1896. Not an awful lot is known about her, other than the fact that, at some stage, she moved from Southampton to Ilford, in Essex. She had two children, Eric and Joan, and Mag's late mother, May, took holidays with them during the years before she was married.
In the few photographs we have of her, Jessica dresses in a stylish manner and has the appearance of someone in a position of responsibility or authority.
Then I discovered this fabulous snap of her, and it's oozing humour. Not just the image of the grown woman, still wearing her (office attire?), sitting astride a child's tricycle. But look at the expression on her face, and the shape of her mouth. She may have been caught in the middle of a song or, perhaps, a little mock protest at being photographed in such a bizarre pose.
The leaves and the grasses, in what I can only imagine as being the wild end of a garden, suggest summer. Jessica's short-sleeved blouse is a giveaway too.
So, who took the photograph? Were there children present? This is the kind of nonsense I might get up to, if I was looking to make the grandchildren laugh. Maybe it was an impromptu act, having just discovered the tricycle in the undergrowth.
If she was singing a little ditty, I wonder what it was?
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