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?







© 2010, copyright Martin T. Hodges

22 comments:

  1. Whhat a wonderful picture! My knowledge of period British ditties is limited -- how about "Knees up, Mother Brown?"

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  2. She looks like a wonderful person full of life and enjoying the fun of the moment. I love it.

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  3. I can see, just outside the frame of the camera --- children circling her and laughing along. -J

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  4. That certainly looks like someone having fun. lol

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  5. Amazing, the sort of thing one can read in a photograph.
    Had this been one of mine, I'd not have given it a second thought, maybe even thought it silly.
    Being thoughtful and giving attention to anything will always pay dividends.
    There, it's a lesson I've learned today. Thank you.

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  6. the smile is contagious and the whole set-up is quite hilarious. if, as you said, she had a position of authority, i wonder what the folks at work would have thought of seeing her like this...
    :D~
    HUGZ

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  7. I do so like to think that she was caught unawares while engaging in some light-hearted fun... and might have, yes, had her hesitation about that moment being frozen in time. What a lovely and timeless photograph!

    Nevine

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  8. Such a fun photo which leads to more questions. It seems the best photos leave so much to ponder, making them treasures of the times....it must not have been comfortable on that kids trike, so she was making the best of the situation with humor.

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  9. Great shot - yes, perfect for letting the imagination run free to posit all sorts of backstories!

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  10. She looks like a lot of fun, and how fabulous to have this moment preserved.

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  11. Or perhaps it was a challenge from the children: "You're too BIG to ride that tricycle! How could you get on it?!"

    It's a great photograph, especially because you say that in all the others she was serious. It's fun to see another side of a person caught in the split second of a photograph.

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  12. Perfect photo and story for SS. She is a very pretty woman. I think she was enjoying posing for someone. Probably all laughing and having fun.
    QMM

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  13. Haha big kids on little kids toys always make for good family memories.

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  14. Just think, if you hadn't had this photo you would have always thought of her as a very serious person.
    Nice to know she had another side.

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  15. This looks like a wonderful Monty Python routine. Really fun shot.

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  16. What a wonderful photo, it has captured a fun light hearted moment. So many old photos are serious and posed. This is delightful - I like to think she is singing a wee ditty.

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  17. looks like she indeed has a song on her lips and twinkling eyes and she just seems to be at peace with her world...beautiful pic

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  18. A delightful photo! She looks as if she's having a fun time & singing.

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  19. It is a wonderful shot of a person being herself. I like it.

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  20. Thank you everyone, for your comments. I think we have a consensus, that great aunt Jessica was a bit of a character.

    Vicki - I think 'Knees Up Mother Brown' would do nicely.

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  21. It's fun to speculate at these little mysteries. Sometimes I just wish we could be transported back to those moments and watch them as they unfolded. Where's my Tardis?

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  22. It is a great photograph Martin and wonderfully illustrates the ability of a camera to capture and freeze a moment forever. Her expression of surprise could possibly have resulted from her being told that in eighty years time people from all over the would would be viewing this exact moment and wondering what was on her mind!

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