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A family in sepia — 2 Comments

  1. What a find! We have some quite old photo albums in my family but although we can identify very few of those photographed, the albums are priceless. When one is related to those in the photos, you’re right, one looks for the features of the the current generation in the faces of past generations. It’s not vanity, it’s just a desire to establish a line linking us to these real people in the past and to see from whence and from whom one came. My grandmother was a chemist and my grandfather a druggist. They recorded in their shop ledgers every prescription they filled. When my grandmother retired, my uncle, an historian, donated the pile of old prescription ledger to the National Library. Historians may be interested in those ledgers from a socio-medical perspective but they wouldn’t pore over the script trying to find the living chemist and druggist behind the writing. I regret not having one of those ledgers.

    You don’t know who the people in the albums you found are but it’s good that you appreciate them and think about them.

  2. I’ve been Googling names on the Internet! There are pictures of a church in Hoxton, which is in the east end of London, and pictures of the Church Lads Brigade from there on the summer camp in 1902. Someone out there knows the family.

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