Sepia Saturday give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history and memories through photographs.
This week's main theme was Aprons. My mother was a great apron wearer and maker - from the wrap-around overall for wash day, and the pocket apron for carrying dusters and polish up and down stairs to the butcher's apron style for baking to the dainty frilled waist pinny for serving tea. She made them all herself and was a stalwart sewer for any local fete or Christmas fair. But I have no photographs of her in her work-a-day wear.
So, looking at the lady on the left here, I have focussed instead on hairstyles of the 1920's. 30's and 40's
The impact on the First World War on the changing role of women saw an abandonment of the traditional long hair styles of the Victorian period to the new short styles of the bob, finger-wave, Marvel wave, shingle and Eton crop, with their popularity continuing well into the 1930's.
An elegant unidentified portrait in my husband's collection -
thought to be a relation of his great aunt Annette.
My great aunt Jennie Danson who sacrificed her long plait for the new look.
Bobbing, Shingling, Marcel Waving and Perming", was the promise of my mother's second cousin Elsie Oldham in this lovely evocative 1920's advertising blotter.
Perhaps the French adaptation of her name to Elise 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
|The Oldham home in Blackpool, Lancashire |
with the adverts in the window & on the garden pole.
|My mother again - Kathleen Danson|
|My aunt - Edith Danson|
Another new look for my mother who seems to have adopted an Austrian style, with what looks like braids over her head. She was always very proud of her distinctive widow's peak.
Some typical 1940's looks from my mother and Aunt Peggy
|My aunt Peggy Danson|
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