Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sepia Saturday 390 : Gazing Back, Looking Forward


Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week features a young girl stood outside a door. The image comes from a job-lot of old photographs I bought on eBay, so I have no idea who the girl is. My match, however, features two people I know very well indeed - my mother and father, Albert and Gladys Burnett.

I suspect that the photograph was taken in the mid 1930s when they would have both been in their early 20s. At one stage I thought that it might have been taken outside the new house they rented in Cooper Lane, Bradford, after they were married in 1936 - but it appears far too grand for that location. 

They did, however, go away most weekends - at first on their tandem bicycle, later on their motorbike - so the door and window probably belong to one of the boarding houses or small hotels they stayed in. They look young and they look happy: gazing back into the camera lens, looking forward to a future that would see them enjoy a further sixty-five years of married life.

11 comments:

  1. Sixty-five years. That's great, and kind of amazing.

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  2. I imagine them gazing past the camera smiling at the girl standing on the patio opposite.

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  3. They do indeed appear young and in love and is there a photo of Albert and Gladys on a tandem?

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  4. How great that they traveled by tandem bike on their get-away weekends.

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  5. Yes.a handsome couple,ready to face the World together.

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  6. I'm intrigued by those hanging ties on your mother's clothing, not sure what they are attached to. I can't imagine she would have cycled away in that long straight skirt, but it is a lovely happy photograph.

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  7. Wonderful photo and story about your parents. Was not aware tandem bikes were used for touring. You mom is very stylishly dressed -- from her head-hugging chapeau down to her shoes. The look so happy it's easy to see how they made a long, successful marriage.

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  8. A lovely, happy-looking couple, indeed. And 65 years married! An admirable life lived well, I think!

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  9. Finally getting to look at Sepia posts...enjoy your young parents' smiles captured before they had so many years together!

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  10. Looking forward while we look backward. 65 years is a nice long time. I realize that I have an Albert and a Gladys in that generation of my family too. Names that aren't around as much these days.

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  11. They obviously hadn't just arrived or prepared to leave on that motorcycle. Going out for the day?

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