Saturday, 14 August 2010

Auntie Lettie

Sorry for the disconcerting line across this old photo, but I think you will forgive it, because the rest is such a gem!

Lettie was one of my husband's Aunties, not mine, and was born in a tiny village called South Poole, in Devon. She never married, and the story goes her sweetheart was a fisherman who died young - maybe in an accident, or the first world war - who knows?

She was a kind and loving lady, who moved to Hampshire to take care of her sister's three young children after their mother became unwell, and remained there until her death, having spent her life being a surrogate mother.

A quiet life, then, but deserving of a measure of recognition, if only by being the subject for this Sepia Saturday.

31 comments:

  1. Jinksy . . . some day one of your followers will cry "Hey . . I've got that photograph too," and you find a long-lost relative! I think your Sepia Saturdays are fascinating, as well as being a potential mine for short stories and poems.
    And I'm wondering if Aunt Lettie's bike is ancient enough to be using an acetylene lamp headlight!
    Just wonderful!

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  2. Great picture! It's nice that you know so much of your family's history.

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  3. A nice little story and photo Penny. She probably had a good life - Dave

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  4. She has a kind and gentle expression, doesn't she? So sad she didn't have children of her own to care for. Sounds as though she was a 'natural' mum.

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  5. She's such a good-looker in the photograph, and that's such a familiar story, but no two alike. They are all so personal and different.

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  6. I'm with Dave K, Auntie looks very attractive. Was it a pity not to have her own love; did she feel obliged to take on her sister's children or did she secretly welcome the protection it offered? Fascinating to ponder.

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  7. The way it was folded also affected the exposure. I can't make up my mind whether it's better to restore such photos or leave them as is. I guess I'll go for the former as one still has the original after digital restoration -- the best of both worlds.

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  8. A wonderful photograph of a beautiful lady! I wonder if she actually cycled in that pretty outfit and hat. Maybe she had put on her 'best' for the photo.

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  9. Such a great picture! An elegant outfit and a shiny bike! Beautiful!

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  10. Great photo, so many fascinating details--the choice of a pose with bicycle, that wonderful backdrop, that wonderful hat!

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  11. She looks almost too small for that bicycle. She must have been a dainty woman. I like her hat. What a loving person she was to care for her sister's children and probably of her sister as well. Nice picture for Sepia Saturday, Jinksy.

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  12. beautiful studio shot and a lovely story.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  13. What a delightful photograph. I like the studio background. I wonder if the bicycle was a prop too or whether Auntie Lettie rode it. What a lovely lady she was.

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  14. what a photograph! i wonder if she was a cyclist or wanted to look sporty?! i love her outfit and her smile - well her smile tells a story. steven

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  15. Stories like this are interesting: people should be remembered. I'm surorised my mum hasn't commented yet! She had a clutch of maiden aunts to with a cluch o anecdotes attached, mostly unhappy. I remember them slightly.

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  16. jinsky, she is beautiful and so sad that her love passed away so early but perhaps it was suppose to be so she could mother her sister's children....all in all a great Sepia Saturday.
    .......:-) Hugs

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  17. Nice photo of a lovely woman, both inside and out.

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  18. Ah Jinksy, that story was repeated so often for that generation - makes me realise how lucky we are.

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  19. Yes, I can forgive the line for the beauty of the photograph. Your husband's aunt was very lovely. It's sad that she never married.

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  20. I had the same question as jabblog. Could have been a prop used by the photographer. She was a beautiful woman for sure. I like to keep my old photos the way they came to me.
    QMM

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  21. I've never seen a studio shot with a bicycle. It sure makes you wonder if she rode it or it was just a prop. It seems an unlikely prop, though. She probably couldn't have ridden it in that beautiful outfit. But who knows? She's a very pretty woman with a very sad story. But I like to assume that she ended up having a happy life.

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  22. Those old studio bicycle photos are really precious. She looks so lovely!

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  23. too bad the old girl never had a chance with a guy like me..........

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  24. A very handsome lady and a very handsome bike.

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  25. Lettie looks as though she wasn't a hearty cyclist . But she was obviously a stalwart and loving sister and aunt . Lovely photo!

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  26. It is a precious photo as you already know. I like the pose with her bike and all dressed in white ready to ride. A proper costume I am sure.

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  27. Such a beautiful reminder of days gone by.

    I love to go through the box of old photos my parents have in their house. My mother knows lots of stories about the people who are in these photographs. I've often thought I should write them down. Before it is too late ;-)

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  28. What a fantastic photo of such a beautiful lady. I love it, what a treasure to have,

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  29. A magnificent photo, but I too wonder, how could she have climbed on the bike with such dress? Maybe this was just for good, show? She certainly was a caring soul who deserves to be mentioned here amid Sepia land. Bless her.

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  30. Yes it is a lovely photograph. The first part of the last century seems to be full of so many maiden aunts who led "quiet lives". One is always intrigued to know what went on inside those restrained exteriors.

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