Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week features two small girls pictured in a typically idyllic Edwardian garden surrounded by climbing shrubs and wicker furniture. A cocktail of half-memories sent me searching through the boxes containing Fowler Beanland's vintage postcard collection and I found this postcard which was sent to him in August 1905. I suspect the card was an early example of the marketing technique which sees personalisation of mass consumption products - a technique that has led to the numerous keyrings, mugs, pens, and cuddly toys which you can now get personalised with the name of your favourite granddaughter or great-nephew. I can half visualise a stand full of similar cute girls wielding a pair of apples arranged alphabetically from Alice to Zaniska.
As far as this particular card is concerned, Amy was the logical choice. It was sent to Fowler by his brother and Sister-In-Law, Albert and Kate Beanland - my grandparents. And it would appear that it was sent to mark the first birthday of my Auntie Amy. Auntie Amy was born in August 1904 and lived a good long life until she died, in Scarborough, in 2003. She is still fondly remembered in my family because with the small legacy she left me I went out and bought a dog which I named after her and who is sat at my feet as I write this. The Eliza (or possibly Elizer) referred to in the message would be Albert and Fowlers' sister, Eliza Beanland.
"Dear Brother, Thanking you kindly for Amy present and please to say that she got a lot bought and you should hear her call Eliza, you would laugh. With love from, A&K B"
You can read more Sepia Saturday submissions by following the links on the Sepia Saturday Blog. I will do that later today - for now, Amy is demanding a walk.