Our Sepia Saturday Theme Photograph this week features a group of toffs all wearing hats. There are precious few toffs in our family (my father worked in a toffee factory, does that count?) and the hats are more likely to be flat caps than toppers. My photograph, however, certainly features a group and they seem to be having an even better time than the group in the theme photograph. Some of my group are recognisable: that is my maternal grandfather on the right and my father next to him; and that is my mother with her hands on the young boys' shoulders. Who the rest are, I am not sure, but the chances are that the photograph was taken at some seaside boarding house during a family holiday, and the rest of the group would have been fellow guests. I have a few such photographs in the family collection - it must have been normal practice after cohabiting for a week at the seaside for the various guests to have a photograph taken together.
It is the caps I am drawn to. As most people know, I am deaf and my hearing is provided by something called a cochlear implant, the most important element of which is a tiny computer and sound processor which sits behind my ear. It doesn't cope well with getting wet and therefore the British climate necessitates a substantial collection of hats. I would quite like to be able to wear a cap - they don't blow off as easily in a wind - but the majority of caps these days have narrow brims. Not so, it would appear, back in the 1930s; and a cap such as the one worn by my Grandfather would be perfect for my needs. All I need to do now is to see if I can find one for sale in the twenty-first century.
Whilst I go off to look for a big cap, why don't you go on over and see what other people are doing for Sepia Saturday this wee. Just follow the links from the Sepia Saturday Blog.