Friday, July 01, 2016

Sepia Saturday 337 : His Very Last Illusion Broke And Crumbled Away To Dust

Our prompt for Sepia Saturday 337 is a promotional postcard featuring "Ashwood's Merrymakers", who were one of the many variety troops entertaining holiday makers in British seaside resorts during the 1920s and 1930s. What little information I have on the troop can be found on our Sepia Saturday Facebook Group page.

I have, perhaps, the most perfect match for the prompt image in a similar promotional postcard featuring a troop called "The Silhouettes Concert Party", who were equally touring the seaside resorts of Britain in the interwar years. But I have used this photograph in a previous Sepia Saturday entry and therefore it would be cheating to use it again. Having said that, my love of images forces me share it again - but if you want the background to it you will need to look back to a post of mine in 2011.

For this Sepia Saturday I would like to feature another photograph of my uncle, Harry Moore, who was a member of the Silhouettes (that is him second from the right on the back row - the one with his hair being wafted by the smog-infused breeze). This is a studio photograph which no doubt was part of the portfolio he used in getting jobs in the entertainment industry in the early 1930s.

I am not sure which character he was portraying, but there is a kind of period charm about the picture. Alas, it was not successful in attracting work, by 1933 he had abandoned his hopes of following a professional career, and had settled down to marry my fathers' sister. As Noel Coward once so memorably wrote: "Poor Uncle Harry looked at her, in whom he had placed his trust, His very last illusion broke and crumbled away to dust".

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  1. Well, I’m glad you shared it again - and what a backdrop! Harry’s costume makes me think of a pierrot or similar.

  2. Bravo! As a connoisseur of entertainers' photos, I would rate Uncle Harry's concert party photograph 10 stars for originality! Not only can I identify the talent for each member of the group, (even before I read your original post), but I can even place their regional circuit from the background. It was indeed a different time.

  3. When I was about five I remember Auntie Annie taking me to see Uncle Harry perform for the Christmas "do" at the Low Moor Working Men's Club. He came on dressed in a tutu and resplendent as a well endowed fairy. An appropriate role considering his suspected sexual orientation. He also sang his standards: "We are three Jews from Jerusalem" and the "Drinking Song" from ??? which ends something like: "I do not envy anyone when I'm drinking, drinking, d-r-i-n-k-i-n-g...."


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