Posts Tagged ‘1932’

A garden party/fete in 1932

May 16, 2016

There are times when we rely on the judgement of others at a museum. This postcard has two captions on the back, both in different hands.

Information on the back of a postcard

Information on the back of a postcard

The large writing which says garden Party & Fete Aug 17th 1932 was written by our founder curator, Peggy Gye. We assume this to be correct, partly because Peggy was so hugely knowledgeable and partly because a precise date is given. The other bit of writing says, ‘nr the manse, Market Lavington’ and has had Brook House added to it, again in Peggy’s hand. So we really do assume this was some kind of Garden Party at Brook House on August 17th 1932.

Women at a garden party at Brook House - August 17th 1932

Women at a garden party at Brook House – August 17th 1932

It is a grand photo of women in costume clothing. Sadly we have no idea of any names. We’ll zoom in hoping somebody will tell us some of them.

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Please do get in touch if you can tell us any more

Hillside

October 10, 2013

Hillside is a cottage on White Street which was once the home of Mrs Elisha. May Elisha was a former Miss Potter and was the very long term infant teacher at Market Lavington School. Our photo today shows May outside this house.

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Hillside at the bottom of Lavington Hill in 1932

Hillside at the bottom of Lavington Hill in 1932

May Elisha stands in the doorway

Yes, there is May, framed in her doorway and looking every inch the young housewife.

It is particularly good to have May’s annotation on the back of the photo.image005

There we are. It was June 1932, the house is named and we know it was May’s first home.

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Many years ago the snow reached the roof! So I have been told.

I wonder if any weather historians might be able to pick a year for such an event. The snow, no doubt bad enough, may well have got deeper in the telling.

It’s a lovely picture of a house still standing, but no longer under a thatch roof. And three cheers for good captioning.