Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sepia Saturday 259: Christmas 2014


Alan on Sepia Saturday says:

So here we are, at the end of the fifth year of Sepia Saturday, still going strong, still going sepia. Tradition dictates that we slow things down a little over the festive season with a single call covering both Christmas and New Year. And tradition dictates that it is a festive prompt. So here it is - families, festivities, trees, candles and wine. The image comes from the Flickr stream of the Archives of the Royal Family of Denmark. All you have to do is to post an old image linked to this seasonal theme (or not if you are a Sepia Scrooge) sometime over the festive season and link it to the list here.

Barbara McLoughlin, Ted and Ethel Conner Christmas 1959

Well I may not have the wine but I've got the candles.

Although there is no identifying information on this photo, I am dating it at 1959 chiefly because of the McCalls magazine that my paternal grandmother is holding.  It seems to be a Christmas issue and when I searched online for a McCalls magazine issue cover circa 1959...bingo! ...I found one for sale here and I think I've found a match.  

So there we have it, my mother (before she was married) and paternal grandparents celebrating Christmas in 1959.

Oh I do like being a family tree detective...I do I do.

For more images matching the theme, go here.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.


19 comments:

Postcardy said...

They are a happy group. It looks like the magazine must have just been unwrapped.

Barbara Fisher said...

Hi Alex, that was a clever bit of sleuthing! The magazine in your photo certainly looks like the one at WorthPoint. I would never have thought about dating a photograph by that method, but I will now!

Deb Gould said...

I'm going to remember the magazine bit...that's a great way to date photos...and your mother is positively radiant!

The Silver Fox said...

Nice that the magazine helps you to date the photo!

Lorraine Phelan said...

Where are they standing? Is that a light fitting overhead?

Alex Daw said...

Yes, well spotted Lorraine. That is a very groovy light fitting. I'm not familiar with the house...I'm guessing the dining room.

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Postcardy. You may very well be correct. I hadn't thought of that.

Alex Daw said...

It was a great bit of luck eh Barbara?

Alex Daw said...

I think she was very happy to be engaged to my handsome father !

Alex Daw said...

I''ll say - very fortuitous indeed.

Jo Featherston said...

You are a very good detective. Also very good to restrict yourself to just one photo this week, something I find very hard to do. Merry Xmas, hopefully not too hope up there!

Jo Featherston said...

Sorry Alex, I meant 'not too hot', in case you were wondering.

Wendy said...

Clever Clever - good idea searching for that magazine. I wish more of my relatives had taken pictures with a magazine since they didn't bother to label or date anything. Merry Christmas, Alex!

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Wendy! Yes I'm thinking that i will now include that feature in all photos from now on. Instead of "Say Cheese" it will be "Here, hold this magazine!"

La Nightingail said...

Whatever else is going on around us, there is always some fun little thing - like sleuthing out the date of a magazine to answer a time-period question - to keep us busy in a just for the heckuvit, sort of way. And why not!?!! :))

Tattered and Lost said...

I actually have some large trim size Christmas magazines from around the same time period. I can open the pages and step back in time, memories of looking at them over the years.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Mike Brubaker said...

It is fun isn't it? The best clues are the ones hiding in plain sight too.
Have a Cheerful Christmas.

Little Nell said...

Oh yes, magazines and L.P. record sleeves have been a great help in dating a photo, but what a lovely happy picture anyway and one to treasure.

TICKLEBEAR said...

Fortunate that she was holding that magazine.
Congrats on your research.
Happy new year!!
:)