Sunday, February 3, 2013

Candid Photos

1948 September Barbara and Kit McLoughlin nee Forfar
Here is Photo Number 3 for the February Photo Collage Festival.

It is my mother Barbara and her mother Kit walking down the street.  It is typical of many of the photos that I have inherited - candid photos taken by street photographers.  Although in this instance I wonder if Tom McLoughlin, my mother's father, took the photo as there is no studio description on the back of it. 

I'm not exactly sure where they are.  I suspect walking down Macquarie Street in Sydney.  What do you think?

My mother would have been 12 nearly 13 and her mother would have been 45 years old.  My mother was born 7 December and her mother was born 8 December.

So whilst it is officially Spring in Australia in September they are still wearing coats - it hasn't warmed up quite yet.

King George VI was on the throne and Ben Chifley was Prime Minister.  James McGirr was the Premier of NSW then - a Catholic Labour Party Premier.  

I think my maternal grandfather was still working for De Havilland at that time.  Earlier that year they launched the 3 engined Drover transport plane at Bankstown.

That year William Dobell won the Archibald for his painting of Margaret Olley.

It was the year Red Shoes with Moira Shearer came out, Laurence Olivier took Best Actor for Hamlet and Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn starred in State of the Union.  

A year later Barbara was to win a Consolation Prize of 2 shillings and sixpence in the Sunday Herald Playtime Puzzle.


Lesley Beeton said...

If it is Macquarie Street, it would be almost unrecognisable from that photo now.

What a wonderful handbag Kit is carrying.

Alex Daw said...

Lesley it is a rather splendid handbag isn't it?

Aillin O'Brien said...

These street photographs are interesting aren't they. I have seen several from my Grans family. I'll have to try and figure out where they were taken if I can.

Alex Daw said...

Dear Aillin - I love street photographs for so many reasons but mostly because they really are a snapshot of the times and you get to see how people really were - rather than staged photos where they usually look very uncomfortable and you have no sense of place or a real story.