Friday, September 10, 2010

Sepia Saturday 40 : A Pub Quiz Question


An old photograph. It looks like a wedding photograph. It looks like the 1940s. But who are they? I certainly don't recognise any of the faces, but the evidence suggests that they belong to the Good Lady Wife's family and not to mine. The evidence is a brief note written on the folder which contains the photograph. The Auntie Edie in question was Isobel's mother and the David Cuthill is Isobel's cousin. Whilst the idea that the two-year old David Cuthill actually wrote the dedication would be to stretch credulity a little too far, he could perhaps throw light on who the people might be. Tonight I will find out. Tonight is the pub quiz and by a happy chance, the very same David Cuthill (now a few years older) will be asking the questions. Following the usual 50 questions of the quiz I will pose him a question. Who on earth are the people in this photograph? I will report back with any answer I manage to get.


24 comments:

  1. People were so well dressed back then. It wasn't so much about designer clothes it was more about looking crisp and put together with nice accessories like gloves and hats and leather belts. Love it.

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  2. Alan,
    You are Mr. Interviewer! I love old pictures. I recently watched on Public Broadcasting a program on Daniel Burnham, an architect who built the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. There were some great photos on the program. They dressed to the occasion whereas now we simply go for comfort; sometimes not too appealing to the eye, I must say. :) The Bach

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  3. Heh, heh! Turning the tables on the pub quiz master of ceremonies, eh, Alan? Hopefully David will be able to recognize some of these people.

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  4. Enjoy the pub quiz! I hope you get the answer. I'm off to the pub shortly but not for anything more intellectual than to have a pint or two and discuss next weekend's mountain bike ride with the boys ... actually maybe 'boys' is stretching the collective noun a little.

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  5. I love pub quizzes! Hope David is a source of much fascinating info on the family. Though even if he was at the wedding, aged 2, it'd be a miracle if he had a memory of it at all.

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  6. It will be interesting to see if you find out more. They certainly are a well dressed group.

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  7. The ladies hats are similar to those of my aunts' era. The 40's for sure.

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  8. Yes the hats are like the wedding photos of my dad's sisters. I don't know anything about the quiz, I will be back to see what unfolds.
    QMM

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  9. A quiz...how fun! I hope you get all the answer you are looking for and then some! And I hope your visit with Di and family is going well! :)

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  10. I can't wait to find out who they are.

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  11. That photo really makes me want to step back into that time period and live life then for a while. I hope tonight's pub quiz gives you the answers you want.

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  12. Now, I'm itching to know the identities of this smartly turned out foursome.

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  13. yes that is particularly good handwriting for a 2 year old

    :-)

    how great to be able to ask him!

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  14. I dig the headgear!

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  15. A mystery! Who are these people? Was he really so precocious?

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  16. Hi ali.Having looked at the picture in a better light and sober have come to the conclusion that it is george and queenie obey ,but the outer couple am not able to help

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  17. Oh the fella looks on the verge of being giddy with excitement. Any moment he's going to break into a broad smile and laugh. Great fun!

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  18. I agree with California Girl. There's something about the way people dressed up and looked so clean and well cared for. It made the guys look handsome and the ladies look pretty even if they weren't particularly.

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  19. The standard of education in the 40s was obviously much better than today.

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  20. It's all in the details. We're so casual now that all those wonderful accessories and little details which made then "presentable" seem stuffy and old-fashioned to us. I personally think they're charming and quite proper! Great photo!

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  21. I left a comment earlier but must have forgotten to click the "publish" button. I'll bet it was a really interesting comment,too.
    I think I said I wish I could go to the pub and what"s a pub quiz? Is it trivia questions?
    Well, maybe my comment wasn't very interesting after all.

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  22. Watching a travel show just yesterday and was sharing with my wife the pub quiz night. I bet it is a lot of fun.

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  23. allan!! where are you? we're waiting on your final answers...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  24. Did you ever find out anything about David Cuthill?

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