This week's photograph almost defeated me, as I have already featured in the past year Men in Hats, and Threesomes. But inspiration struck and I remembered these photographs from my mother's Danson family - and they fit the bill so well.
Suits, hats and threesomes come together in the first three photographs in my great aunt Jennie's collection. Unfortunately only the first one is identified - as "George's Friends in Manchester" where he worked on a W.H. Smith station bookstall.
George, my great uncle, is on the back row on the right. He was the youngest son of James Danson and Maria Rawcliffe of Poulton-le-Fylde, near Blackpool Lancashire and has featured before on my blog. It must be the hat, as here he looks older than his age. Born in 1894, he could only be 20-21 years old, as in 1916 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served as a stretcher bearer. He was killed on the Somme in the September, a week after his 22nd birthday.
I believe from my great aunt that the photographs below were also George's friends. The group on the left seems very formal and serious. Is that the same threesome in the second photograph having a bit of fun? Two are wearing pocket watches which are not visible in the first photograph and I was also trying to match the partings in the haircuts. I am not convinced they are the same group - what do other bloggers think?
All three photographs were taken at Gale's Studios who had branches in both Blackpool and Manchester.
Below is George, about 10 years earlier, standing on the left with his teacher and a group of school friends - caps on this occasion but still formal wear with collar, tie, waistcoat and pocket watches.
The photograph below looks like it is an informal occasion (out for a drink, perhaps?), but it still is the time to wear a formal suit,waistcoat, collar & tie.
My grandfather William Danson is in the middle of the group, with his brother Robert (and dog) on the left plus an unknown friend. Robert was the third son of the family, and William the fifth out of ten sons (eight surviving infancy), with George above the youngest, followed by the only daughter Jennie, to whom I owe a great debt for being "the keeper of the family archives".
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