New Farm Park, Brisbane

Friday, April 8, 2016

ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

I have been dabbling in Family History. I don't really know what I'm doing but I'll sort it out one day. I have so many other projects on the go; that is the problem. Anyway, I came across these old photos of my Mum, Florrie Greenall, when she was at school and I thought they were lovely photos. They also tie in with Sepia Saturday's prompt photo of a rowing boat.

My mother is pushing the boat on the far side.
Mum is in the middle with the  towel
Florrie Greenall went to Thornes House Girls Secondary School from c. 1925 to 1929, which became Thornes House Grammar School and is now a campus for the Wakefield College. That is in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. In this photo mum is with her school friends but I don't know where they are. Apparently there was a lake in the school grounds, maybe it's there. I just love their 1920's swim wear. I think it is about 1928/9. I vaguely remember my mum saying these shots were taken for the press. They are excellent photos for their age and they were on Post Card paper.
I wish I could find out why the photos were taken. I tried finding newspapers from that time but I wasn't successful. The Wakefield Library suggested I pay a researcher to check for me, but I have put that on hold for a while. I know there are people out there who know how to sleuth photos, maybe one of you can help me.

To see more old photos and stories go to Sepia Saturday

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com.au

26 comments:

  1. What wonderful photographs of your Mum & her friends having such fun. And yes, aren't those bathing suits the cat's meow! :)

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  2. I've seen Anning's advertisements - they are a photographic firm. I just Googled them and it says on their home page that they were founded by Albert Anning who was a professional photographer in the Wharfedale area of Yorkshire from 1921 to 1964. Not sure if it helps much but it confirms that they are professionally taken photos.

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    1. Thanks for that I will follow it up.

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  3. So you too are looking for the past ! I have no idea where my mothers pictures as a schoolgirl or teenager are. I haven't found anything when I emptied my parents house.

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  4. Lovely pictures, that second one is so fun to see all the laughing happy girls in their swimsuits.

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  5. Absolute treasures these photos are Diane. Thanks for sharing them. I hope you can find someone to help you.

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  6. Such charming happy photos! p.s. I reckon those bathing suits are due for a fashion come back...

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  7. Hello Diane, it is wonderful to have these old photos of your Mum and her friends. Good luck with your family history search. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Hi Diane, I love these photos (I think you had them on FB before this?) I love the 1920's swimwear and the hairdo's. Great photos and wonderful post. Thanks for sharing. Jo

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  9. this is really fascinating. the photos, the story, the fact they are postcards. they all look so happy.

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  10. My, my Diane, I certainly see the resemblance of you to your mother!
    Family tree is fun when you discover 'things' that are correct, but can be a headache as well, all the names.
    Seems the ladies were having a lot of fun back then, so happy.

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  11. What great photos I can't believe they are so old. There must be a good story there if only you could find it.

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  12. You did the right thing sharing them here Diane. Such happy images; if it weren’t for the costumes they could have been taken yesterday.

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  13. Wish I had some photos of a young Mum but nothing I have goes back that far. The youngest photo I have I would guess my Mum was mid 20's to 30. Great photos you are lucky. T'other Diane

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  14. You're so lucky to have these photos of your Mom and her chums. I love their smiles - they make me smile, too.

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  15. I agree with everyone else, these are great photos of your mother and her friends enjoying themselves, and perfect for the Sepia Saturday prompt this week.

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  16. I think it's wonderful that you have these pictures of your Mom, and I hope you can find out more about them.

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  17. Wonderful photos, Diane! And those bathers are just so chic!( My mum was from Victoria so she called those items 'bathers' but at school I called them togs like all the other kids)

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  18. Good luck with the sleuthing, Di. The photos of your mum and her friends are delightful!

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  19. Wonderful links to the past, Diane, and your mother and her friends all look to be having a great time even if the photos were a staged photo shoot. I was amazed at how stylish their swimsuits and hair styles were considering the year it was taken.

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  20. Good luck with researching ancestors...it's daunting at times, but rewarding also when you learn something new about someone's life. These photos are really great...a glimpse into life of college girls at that time...and of your mom!

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  21. They look like they are having a wonderful time and I hope you can find out more about the photos. Here is a blogger who might be able to give you some tips and I'm sure she would love to. She has done a lot with researching old photos and is a fellow Minnesotan. Her main blog is here: http://farsideoffifty.blogspot.com
    And her old photo blog is here: http://forgottenoldphotos.blogspot.com
    Hope that helps.

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    1. You can tell Connie I sent you. We are friends.

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  22. Wonderful photos, and also a great memory of your mother having a good time. You looks so much like your mother!

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  23. The photo of your mum looks like you, I like old photos so many memories wrapped up in the photos, family history is also great and an interest of mine

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  24. I'm like you in that I'd love to do some work on our family tree -- and scan some old photos .... but I have so much else going on... so much to do, so little time ;>)

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