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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Sepia Saturday - Four Men or More in Line

This week's prompt photograph is entitled "Golfing Foursome".  No-one in my extended family has ever shown the slightest bit of interest in golf.   I do recollect  being bored stiff on holiday playing crazy golf and trying to negotiate this little ball through a hole. 

So my chosen theme this week is not golf related, but  "Four Men or More In Line". 


This photograph  strikes me as rather a good match. They are not  sporting golf clubs but  "men about town" canes.  Here  are my cousin's relations - brothers Bill and  Harry Fearnehough in the front with unknown friends behind, taken  c.1914.  

Bill and Henry were sons of William Fearnehough (1871-1941) and Amelia Jane Buckley Stuart (1872-1946) of Shaw in Lancashire.  Harry joined the army (Loyal North Lancashire Regiment a month after the outbreak of  World War One.  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal twice in 1916 for conspicuous gallantry in action.  After the war he became Secretary of the Oldham Mill Owners Association, and in World War Two served in the Home Guard.   


Take away great Uncle George Danson  at the top right, and you have four friends,  same period, same county, similar hats to the first photograph.


George was the youngest of many brothers and worked on W.H. Smith's station bookstalls.  His only sister Jennie had written on the back of this photograph "George's friends in Manchester".  George  was conscripted into the army in 1916 and a few months later was killed at the Battle fo the Somme, a week after his 22nd birthday.  One cannot help wondering how many of his friends survived the war. 


The dog counts here to make the foursome - alongside my grandfather, William Danson, with his brother Bob on the left and an unknown friend. 

The flat cap brigade in line!  My grandfather William Danson is seated with a group  in line behind of fellow workers at the ICI factory at Thornton, near Fleetwood, Lancashire. With grandad given the place of honour, was this some special occasion?  He would have celebrated his 50th birthday in 1935.  


Finally two photographs that are a puzzle!  Can anyone throw any light on them?

The only clue on this photograph of six smart young men is the name and address of the photographer W. G. Hamilton, 320 Ocean Road, South Shields. 

It came from the collection of my husband's aunt, whose grandparents Sarah and  George Hibbert, a miner of South Shields. They  had two sons who survived infancy, Robert William, born 1894 and young George, born 1902.  Could they be two of the men in this photograph?   

Also in the family collection was the this group of young sailors.  The postcard franked 15th December 1909 from Beverley (Yorkshire?) was addressed to Mrs S. A. Hibbert, 169 Maxwell Street, South Shields, with the message:

Dear Mother, I write these lines hoping you are keeping well, and to ask if you can pick me out  in this group?  

Frustratingly there was no space left for a signature to be written.  But it must surely be Robert who would be 15 in 1909?    To date I have not traced him in 1911 census - so more research called for here.  


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POSTSCRIPT - I am having so much trouble with blogger at the moment.  It is refusing to accept my choice of font size - it looks OK in draft but comes out minuscule when posted.  My template is set to Normal size.     This is the second time I have typed this post, and it is still not perfect.  Can anyone advise, bearing in mind I am not particularly IT savy!  THANK YOU.  


  1. That first photo is so much more interesting than a golf photo!

    I hope that you can solve the mystery of the photos!

  2. I'm glad I popped in to see your take on the prompt. I'm struggling! I just might do men in a row too.

  3. I love the men with canes. And I'm with Wendy - if I do this it will have to be men in a row!

  4. Hats, caps, ties and canes were the IN fashion for men.Great, old photography.

  5. Very dapper, I do like to see men with walking canes; it adds a certain something. When Blogger has played up for me like that, I’ve written my post offline then cut and pasted.

  6. I like the collection of photos especially the one with the canes.

  7. The men looks great with their canes. Also love the one with the dog. The group of sailors is fun...their casual poses are unusual for that period of formal photography.

  8. To me the last photo could be at a school, or training establishment. Your selection made me realize I have only one studio formal photo of three brothers together,

  9. The three men and the dog (making four) is my favorite photo! All neatly dressed, including the dog!

  10. That is a wonderful collection of photos.

  11. The young sailor on the right in the last photo is certainly very relaxed.

  12. All good and appropriate to our theme. A man using a cane but who has no handicap seems a bit anachronistic like carrying a sword for show. I would not have expected sailors to wear such heavy boots. They look like a football team.

    As for blogger problems, try highlighting everything, i.e text and lines, and clicking the Tx - remove formatting button, and then reset your choice of style. You can also go into the html mode where many times there are stray font and formatting codes that block the format you desire. Blogspot should really update the draft.blogger editor as it is too primitive and often uncooperative.

  13. What great vintage photos of men in groups posing for photos. I agree with Mike that blogger formatting is a pain and should be updated. I often cut and paste and the old font is not changed when I try the "select all and reformat" with a new font. Argh!

  14. I've had the same problems with Blogger. Buggy blogger.

    I do love how the one sailor is smashed between two others. No room to push out his elbows. Let's hope this wasn't a statement about his life.


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