One aspect immediately stood out for me in this week's photographic prompt - the man wearing a flat cap.
My first photograph on the theme has a poignancy about it. For here c.1903 in the group of schoolboys is my great uncle George Danson - on the left sporting a flat cap. George was killed in the First World War at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, a week after his 22nd birthday. I wonder how many of the other boys and their master survived that carnage.
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?
Below is my husband aged about one with his maternal grandparents Matthew Iley White (a boilermaker) and Alice Armitage of South Shields, County Durham. c. 1938.
Stepping out oblivious of the camera is Grandfather Donaldson, a signwriter and painter, again in South Shields, County Durham.
From my cousin's collection are photographs of the Oldham family business of carters and coalmen in Blackpool. Lancashire, overseen by three generations - Joseph Prince Oldham (1855-1921), his son John William Oldham (1880-1939) and his daughter Elsie Smith, nee Oldham (1906-1989)
The business was founded around 1890, steadily became prosperous and in 1905 moved to near North Station, Blackpool in a house with a large yard, hay loft, tack room. and stabiing for seven horses.
Below young Gloria (Elsie's daughter) atop one of the carthorses, under the careful eye of a worker - in a flat cap.
Time moved on and the first Oldham road vehicle was bought in 1921 - but the flat caps remained the fashion!
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" - men and women.
My own father would not be seen dead in a flat cap -
He much preferred a trilby as headgear!
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