That's three of the nickname versions that Doris Lillian, my Mum, had during her lifetime, and the first photo, which is the earliest one I have of her, shows what a little dot she was! She was born in 1911, on the 25th July, just about a month after her father, William, died of a fever. When she started school, she scandalised my Gran by telling inquisitive children that she didn't have a father, when they asked about her Mum and Dad.
She was used to being the baby of the family, and her elder brothers were always inclined to spoil her. Here they are in a group portrait, taken in about 1904, which shows William and Ada, William Jr (from William's first marriage) then in order of age Arthur, Dorothy, Albert and Archibald.
After the time of this photo came two more girls, Gladys May and lastly my Mum, Doris Lillian. Another son, Victor, born in 1900, didn't live long enough to make it to the 1901 census.
The photo was taken in the back garden of the same house that I knew as a child, when the widowed Ada still managed to rule the roost, all those years later!
And if you'd like to hear some stories from way back when, look at my Sunday's post...
Alan and Kath at Sepia Saturday gave the impetus for this post.