Each week, Sepia Saturday, provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
One item immediately stood out for me in photographic prompt - the man wearing a flat cap.
Below is a photograph of my grandfather William Danson seated with a group of workers at the ICI factory at Thornton, near Fleetwood, Lancashire. Was this some special occasion with Grandad given the pride of place at the front? It is difficult to assess the date - 1930's? William featured in my Sepia Saturday postings in December - this time focusing on his experiences in the First World War and the cards he sent back home to his family.
Here is my husband aged about one with his maternal grandparents Matthew Iley White (a boilermaker) and Alice Armitage of South Shields, County Durham. c. 1939.
Stepping out oblivious of the camera is Grandfather Donaldson, a signwriter and painter, again in South Shields, County Durham.
Turning back to the start of the century c.1903 here is a group of schoolboys including my great uncle George Danson - on the left sporting a flat cap. George was killed in the First World War aged just 22.
In Britain flat caps were generally associated with workers in the north of England and . Think of old photographs and newsreels of men streaming from the mills, or cheering from the football terraces or enlisting for the First World War.
I think of them too as worn by coster-mongers in London - think of Eliza Doolittle's father in the film of "My Fair Lady"; or Del Boy in the TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses".
At the other end of the social scale, the Duke of Windsor as Edward Prince of Wales, was photographed in a flat cap as part of a golfing outfit. Nowadays finer versions are popular rural wear at farming events, countryside fairs, horse race meetings etc. And if you have the youth and looks to get away with it, flat caps are being worn as fashion statements by "celebrities".
My own father would not be seen dead in one!
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