Yesterday, at my in-laws, my wife and I went through old family photos and letters. We did so at the request of a distant relation. She believed some snaps of her close relatives might have been scattered in among them.
She thought so because the stash had been held by my father-in-law’s aunt. That aunt had been kind of a “family historian.” She died without children about 10 years ago, and my father-in-law had inherited most of her possessions – including all these photographs.
Well, the historian in me salivated as we thumbed through them. I couldn’t get over them. There are just a few samples. [All photos reproduced, Copyright © 2014 by R. J. Nello.]
The first two below look like they could’ve worked for Harry Selfridge:
Not as serious:
Posturing (the man on the left has a cigarette hanging from his mouth; the one of the right, a pipe):
“1941”: that year, and the photographer’s name, are all it says on this photo:
This last is of my wife’s future great-uncle and great-aunt on their wedding day in 1943 – he in RAF uniform:
That one immediately above is a rarity: few of the pictures have names, dates and locations written on the back. Arrgh! Don’t you just hate that!
They were taken, we estimate, mostly between about 1900-1950.
My father-in-law was going to throw those photos (and others like them) out because there’s no need to keep them any longer. But just because few, or no one, now living remember these people any longer is beside the point. The photos are amazing and take us back to another era.
Needless to say, none of them will end up in the trash if I have anything to say about it! :-)
Today is September 1. Coincidentally, Nazi Germany invaded Poland on this date on in 1939. Britain and France would declare war on Germany on September 3, and World War II had begun.