A dip into the old photograph box pulls out this picture of two boys on their scooters. The one on the right is my brother Roger, the one of the left I am unsure about although the name "Colin Mallinson" creeps out of some dusty corner of my mind for no apparent reason. I know that Rog, in far off Dominica, checks out my blog every so often so at some stage he might let me know who his companion was. The writing on the bottom of the photograph is my mothers'. I think I recognise the location of the photograph : it must have been taken in Great Horton, Bradford and therefore must have been taken before 1952 when the family moved 5 miles down the road (up the road) to Halifax. "Eva's " grocers' shop cohabits that aforementioned dusty corner along with Colin Mallinson and road names such as Southmere Drive and Esmond Street.
So this is a post with almost as many answers as questions : an unusual feature for my Sepia Saturday contributions. We know who, at least, half the people are, we know where the photograph was taken, and we have a fair idea when it was taken. But Sepia Saturday wouldn't be Sepia Saturday without a bit of a mystery. So flip the photograph over and look on the reverse side. Why is it crown copyright and the property of the Air Ministry? They might be speed boys but surely they hadn't achieved escape velocity. My guess is that the photograph was home developed and printed using paper stock that was a wartime legacy, which, shall we say, fell off the back of a Air Ministry wagon. Could perhaps the photographer have served in the Air Force Photo Reconnaissance Service during the War? Could he or she have "liberated" a stock of photographic paper before being demobbed? Were the two lads on some kind of top secret test of foot-driven flying machines? There, I knew I would finish up with more questions than answers if I tried hard enough.
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