Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sepia Saturday 252 : 1 November 2014



Alan on Sepia Saturday says:

It was a big day in the history of Dollinger Steel of Beaumont, Texas. It was their 50th anniversary dinner and countless guests had been invited to the celebratory dinner. And the photographer had come along as well to record the event. Back in the days when photographs were about more than just an idle click of a mobile phone touch screen, events and photographs went together. Weddings, birthdays, gatherings, anniversaries and parties : none would be complete without the burst of a flash bulb and all those practised cheese-smiles....we are asking you to feature an event, a tent, a cooking pot or even a name-tag. Let your freedom of interpretation be as extensive as a hungry diner queue and as voluminous as a generous cooking pot. 

Right - so today's post is going to be short and sweet because I'm heading off for a girls' weekend up on the Sunshine Coast.  We will be battling the Noosa Triathlon traffic on the way up for sure.  Once there, I am sure we will enjoy ourselves shopping, wining, dining, knitting, card playing and reading books.

In the meantime, here is a fuzzy picture of a tent.  A wedding tent nonetheless.  This is a tent for June's wedding.


picture of cakes on trestle tables covered with sheets.  Balloons, streamers and gum trees in background.
The wedding cake mother decorated for June's wedding.

This photo was taken circa 1949.  It is in my mother's photo album and I think she may have taken the photo.  She would have been about 14 at the time. Her mother and her mother's twin sister would have made the cake.  Her aunt was a baker and I have blogged about her before.  June would have been the daughter of the twins' older sister Dorothy - their niece.

I nearly went mad trying to find a record of Dorothy's marriage to Reg Peterson in 1921 on the NSW BDM Index this morning (thankfully I have a copy of the certificate from my cousin on file .... somewhere ....).  I now realise that Forfar has been transcribed incorrectly - FORRAR.....grrrr...

Anyway back to more important stuff.....What can you see in the photo?  I can see a gum tree through the opening in the tent at the back.  I can see balloons and streamers.  A couple of bottles of champagne and a couple of sponges on cake stands.

I wish I knew more about June and Dorothy.  Time to contact my cousin again.

For a smorgasbord of photos go here.


17 comments:

diane b said...

It must be fun collecting stories about your family. Good luck with it.

Jo Featherston said...

You are doing very well to see a gum tree there!

Alan Burnett said...

Even a fuzzy old picture is full of historical interest once you get inside it. Enjoy your weekend away.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Hope the girls' weekend is more relaxing than looking for Forfar ;)

Deb Gould said...

I wouldn't know a gum tree if it bit me...but all the rest of your photo is pretty universal, I think: balloons, cake, champagne...

Wendy said...

A sweet little display for a wedding reception requires the full story, so I hope you can track down the details about June and Dorothy. Enjoy the girls weekend!

Sharon said...

A blurred photo is better than no photo!

Hope that you have had a wonderful weekend.

Bob Scotney said...

Oh dear I missed out the photo of our wedding buffet table. Wedding cakes always feature it seems. I'll have a piece from the bottom layer please.

La Nightingail said...

It's hard to see all the detail to that wedding cake, but it must have been quite beautiful from what can be seen. I wonder what kind it was inside? Probably pretty standard back then. Now-a-days you're never quite sure WHAT you're going to find underneath all the decorated frosting - white, chocolate, carrot cake ??? And then there are all the different fillings . . . My favorite: white with lemon filling! Yum. Have a great time on your gals' outing.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

What a great idea, girls weekends. I wonder when they started...since I don't remember any in my working life...or perhaps just had the wrong friends!

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Diane - it is fun and very absorbing.

Alex Daw said...

Hah! I thought so too :)

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Alan. Fuzzy but dear to my heart.

Alex Daw said...

Ha Ha! Indeed it was. Thanks Pauleen.

Lorraine Phelan said...

A weekend away with girlfriends sounds like so much fun. I know some quilting groups do it, and my daughter and her friends leave their kids in the sole care of their fathers once a year and go to the city for the weekend. Maybe I should just book a B&B and organise one and see if I have any takers.

Mike Brubaker said...

I believe I have a photo of my wedding cake table and one of my parent's wedding too. Cake photos - wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc. are probably as popular in family archives as those of people.

Little Nell said...

That’s a cake to be proud of and no wonder your mother wanted to photograph it and mount in her album.