You Dirty Boys!

Today we have one of our more delightful photos. It shows Mrs Marion Burgess and two of her sons, Alan and Charlie. The photo was taken by Marion’s husband, Alf Burgess in around 1900. Alf earned his living as a professional photographer at the time

Marion Burgess and sons - Market Lavington, early 20th century

Marion Burgess and sons – Market Lavington, early 20th century

The picture was taken in the back garden of 13 High Street, Market Lavington. This was where the Burgess home was and also included the shop and Alf’s studio. It is clearly a posed photo for Mrs Burgess would surely never have scrubbed her boys with a brush as harsh as that one. It has to be said, too, that despite the caption which Alf has added, the boys look clean.

The garden is fascinating, looking more like a yard for heritage bricks, tubs and barrels than a garden. But no doubt all was as the Burgesses wanted and whilst it certainly looks like a bygone age, it also looks charming.

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2 Responses to “You Dirty Boys!”

  1. Cassy Taylor Says:

    A wonderful picture, thanks for that!

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