I think this will be my forth contribution to The Sepia Saturday blog, and a theme on which I found I had a lot to share.
This weeks theme is people posing in doorways of some sort. So I started going through our old family photos.
It turns out, at least the photos we have collected, that the northern (Yorkshire) side of my family are more likely to pose in doorways than my southern (London) family is.
I don't know if this is a regional tendency or just a coincidences.
They are standing in the doorway of their home on Abbots Road in Selby.
This would turn out to be the first place I ever lived.
He worked at the local ship yard. They had met while working in Ireland.
The house is still there. . . .
. . . and it would seem I tend to get my posing genes or habits more from my northern side.
Here I am, with daughter, at two of my moms old homes in Selby.
This is the same house, although we are at the front door, and not the side, which you can barely see to the right.
This one is on Douglas St.
By the look on daughters face, I think she is going to be a southern poser.
But one or two photos would not necessarily make my northern family jamb posers. I have more proof.
Abbots Road, Selby
Probably late 40's, early 50's.
Don't know where the door is.
Interestingly, the six homes that constituted my mothers building on Douglas, as of two years ago, was the only one still standing.
Looks like maybe a caravan or something.
Now on my fathers side, the southern family, or as my mom's mom would say, foreigners, from London, they tended to be more walking posers. Getting photos of themselves while walking.
Here, one of my dad's brothers and his wife. . . walking.
Now, I don't mean to imply in any way, shape or form that my southern ancestry was any more active than my northern one.
If I am to deduce anything from these few images, it would be that my northern family had a camera closer at hand.
At most of the sea side resorts, photographers would be setup on the walkways to get pictures of strollers. And I think that would prove to be the case with these walking pictures.
All posers, whether jam or walking had to take some time off from posing. And back then, both northerners and southerners would usually head to the seaside.
Both families seemed to enjoy an occasional trip to the coast.
However, it would seem my northern ancestors were more likely to do it with less clothes.
Northern cousin. . .
Mom and sister,( although, almost southern dress ) - Aunt and kids. . . - My mom and dad.
This is my dad's mom.
I have several photos of dad's family on the beach that day, but Grandma is wearing the same coat and hat and the rest of the family is dressed about the same.
Now I do have one uncle who seemed to be the non-conformist of the southern group.
Seen here posing with less clothes than his southern kin.
I don't think southern family ever held these tendencies against him, after all . . he wasn't a blood relative. Just married into the family.
My Uncle John. I only got to meet him a couple of times, but he was a favorite.
Here is me, working on my seaside pose.