Thursday, November 14, 2013

My northern family are jamb posers - or my Sepia Saturday contribution for this week

Door jamb posers that is.

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.

This first one is of my Grandparents on my mothers side.
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.

 This one is my mom, her parents and two of her sisters in the 1930's

Abbots Road, Selby
 One of my moms sisters with her kids and once again her mother.
Probably late 40's, early 50's.

Don't know where the door is.
 Mom's mom, Douglas St., Selby.

Interestingly, the six homes that constituted my mothers building on Douglas, as of two years ago, was the only one still standing.
 One of my cousins and her husband in a door jamb.

Unknown jam.
Me or my brother getting an early posing start.

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.

 In our box of old photos we have a very large collection of my dad's family posing while walking.

Here, one of my dad's brothers and his wife. . . walking.
 One of my dad's twin sisters,. . . walking.
 Again, one of dad's brothers  . . . 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. . .


 Northern family. . .
















Mom and sister,( although, almost southern dress  ) - Aunt and kids. . . -            My mom and dad.                            





Southern family.
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.



He could also be found, on occasion, posing in doorways.

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.










He did however seem to eventually embrace his wife's southern style of dress on the beach.
















Here is me, working on my seaside pose.





31 comments:

  1. An interesting and fun account of your northern and southern family propensities.

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    1. I hope the opposing sides don't read it and think I am serious!

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  2. Very interesting take on the family differences! Some of those beach photos would have been excellent for last week too.

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    1. Just had to much going on last week to make it happen.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I've started to wonder if so many photos are taken just outside the door as there is not enough light for an inside photo so they just head out the door and then stop !

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    1. That may be part of it. I think people just spent more time outside than they do now.

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  4. I love that first photo that is so creased up! Means it was well loved I think!

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    1. You are so right. I am glad, however, that we also have a good copy of that one also.

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  5. I suspect you are right about it being a northern thing, I almost recognise some of those Yorkshire doorways. I certainly recognise some of those northern seaside resorts.

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  6. It is kinda strange, although I have equal mix of London and Yorkshire in me, I have always associated myself more with up north.
    Don't know what that's about.

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  7. What a collection! It's kind of funny to see ladies in coats and hats on the beach, but I must say that hat and coat and floral frock would have been quite acceptable on my own grandmother. She did have a bathing suit for the water though. Not as cold in Nova Scotia, I think.

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    1. Well, I can see grandma dressing for a chill, and the weather on the beaches can change quickly.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Once a northerner always a northerner, John especially if you come from Yorkshire, God's own country. Me I've only been here 45 years so I'm not sure I qualify yet. Strangely however I have no doorway shots to show so I guess that marks me out. Loved your Selby doorways - we're further up the A19 than that.

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    1. Well, I am no longer in the area, but my heart always is.

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  9. Now you've got me thinking -- northern/southern! Of course, it's hard for me to even consider that aspect of family history, for all my ancestors were northerners (northern USA, that is). Fun post, John!

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  10. This was a great stroll through your family album, somehow the very first photo crinkled as it might have been, speaks out loudly.

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  11. Thank you. I just love that picture.

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  12. A great collection. I couldn't find photos in doorways but your post made me think of the many I have walking - I guess that's the Aussie climate!

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    1. Have not had the pleasure of going down under yet. It is on our bucket list.

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    2. We did have a family member sent down when that was still common practice.

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  13. I enjoyed your take on the prompt. Still smiling about your northern and southern family characteristics.

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    1. I just hope they never get a hold of it:)

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  14. Oh, I quite like the door at No. 16 Douglas Street. It's a classic.

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  15. It is a cool place. Bathroom use to be outside.

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  16. Wow, what a collection of great photos, all in doorways or nearly so. Pretty much all smiling and happy too. I feel like I know you even better now! Very cool post.

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  17. I think I got the gist of what 'jam' means in this context. It's not a meaning I'm familiar with.
    The first photo is a beauty, and so is the one of your mum reading a newspaper. Real treasures.

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    1. Yea, I guess I should have added the 'b' to jam. jamb.
      That's my mother mum in both.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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