Friday, 1 March 2013
Sepia Saturday - Skirts on Show
Each week, Sepia Saturday, provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
We have boxes, tables, machines and a worker featured in this week's prompt, but I decided to focus on skirts.
A close look will reveal why Dorothy Chisholm is up a ladder, showing off her long skirt. - she is pruning the plant on the wall. Dorothy was engaged to my great uncle John Danson of Poulton-le-fylde, Lancashire. who was a widower with a young daughter. Sadly in 1917 John died at Tidworth whilst in army training. The Danson family remained in contact with Dorothy throughout her life and I have vague memories of visiting her with my mother, when she was living in a bedsit - one of the many women whose lives were changed by the war.
Here is my husband's great aunt Violet Hibbert with her fiance Frank King. Violet is wearing a distinctive skirt with a broad ruched hem and arrow insets. Violet and Frank, of South Shields, County Durham married in 1915.
"Bobbing, Shingling, Marcel Waving and Perming", was the promise of hairdresser "Elise" whose business in Blackpool, Lancashire was advertised in this lovely evocative 1920's "blotter". I love the elegant green dress with its draped skirt.
Elise's real name was Elsie Oldham, my mother's second cousin, but perhaps the French adaptation was regarded as more appropriate for a hairdresser. The business was conducted from the rather less glamorous setting of her home (below) with the large adverts in the windows and on the pole outside.
Onto the 1930's and below in their stylish midi skirts are my mother Kathleen Danson (left) with her sister Edith. My mother was apprenticed as a tailoress at the age of 14 and both sisters made their own clothes on a treadle machine at home, which did not have electricity until the late 1950's.
Forty years on to 1971 and here am I sporting a mini skirt. I am standing at the stone marking the border of Scotland and England, high on the Cheviot Hills, 10 miles south of the border town of Jedburgh.
How styles in skirts have changed !
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