Today's inspiration comes from Sepia Saturday and I quote:
Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 165 comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum and is entitled "Group Portrait of an Unknown Family". All lovers of old photographs are familiar with unknown people, unknown families and unknown places, we all have them in our collection, and Sepia Saturday 165 provides an opportunity to give them their moment in the limelight, not because of who they are but because of who they may be.
So here they are - the unknown cousins.
This photograph is from my mother's album and underneath it says "Cousins of Mums"
I suspect they are Forfars and that the photo was taken in a studio in England.
I was going to say "Do enjoy figuring this one out. I am at a loss."
but then I enlarged the photo and found the following in the bottom right hand corner.
"E Pannell 75 Church Road Hove"
So, yes, I am more firmly convinced that it is the Forfars or the Hollinghams because they came from or lived in Eastbourne Sussex.
So, from googling "E Pannell 75 Church Road Hove", I ended up with all sorts of interesting leads...not least of which from this blog post to this site.
So now I'm thinking the photo dates from about 1905-1916. Mostly because of the initials i.e. just the E rather than E.W. who was his son.
This is a postcard - rather than a carte-de-visite.
Other interesting sites to visit are this one,
And now I have also found Sussex Online Parish Clerks which I suspect could provide me with hours of endless entertainment.
So I really need to put my detective hat on just a bit more and find out about the siblings of Emily Mercy Hollingham, mother of Walter William Forfar, my maternal great grandfather. Emily's family were confectioners/bakers in Eastbourne.
Why don't you go on a bit of a sepia seaside holiday and look at other unknown families and see if you can help with some detective work....