Each week, Sepia Saturday, provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
Sun bathing is the theme of this week's Sepia Saturday postings. A suitably cheering thought on a cold, wet, dreicht winter's day in Scotland. So sit back, read and think of summer!
This charming photograph below is couresy of my American friend Gail. Here is her mother Lillian Adele Whitney, aged 7. enjoying the sun on a beach in in San Francisco in 1925 - though she complained that her bathing suit was made of wool and itched something terrible.
Gail recalls " Lillian Adelle Whitney, was born in
1918 to Bertha Louise (Parton) Whitney and Ira Edwin Whitney in
Letterman Gen'l hospital in the Presidio in . (The hospital later burned down, but Mom says
it wasn't her fault.) Her maternal
grandmother, Johanna Magdalena Hedman, at age 11, moved with her family from San Francisco
to Sweden ,
where she later met and married William Henry Parton from Salt Lake City, Utah ,
and Bertha Louise was their second child. England
Before she married, Mom sang with a band – entertaining at various places in
including the famous Cliff House. She married Herbert Kinsey Bradley whose father Frank Herbert Bradley emigrated to Pawtucket, Rhode Island c.1885 from Blackburn, Lancashire, aged 5, along with his mother and five sisters - what happened to their father Abraham is still a mystery to be unravelled! San
Here my mother Kathleen Danson, her youngest sister Peggy and her great friend who I knew as Auntie Phyllis were enjoying the outdoor South Shore Swimming Pool at Blackpool, Lancqsahire in the 1930's. Aunt Peggy emigrated to Auistralia in 1949 shortly after her marriage.
Two decades later in the 1950's, I remember Mum taking my brother and I there for a swim. In that era it was also a popular venue for beauty contests. It was later demolished and I think the site is now a car park - a sad end to an iconic 1930's playground.
Look at those shoes - still in fashion!
Were summers really better when I was young? Here is a nostalgic look back to the 1950's when summer meant sun - family holidays at Bournmouth on the south coast of England.
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