Saturday, 14 June 2014

October 1965

I'm linking up to Sepia Saturday with this post which is a photo of my late father (whose birthday would have been today) as a fresh-faced twenty five year old. I only know this detail because - helpfully - the date is printed on the white border of the original print. I think that the vehicle he's standing in front of could be a Humber of some description - a Sceptre or a Super Snipe perhaps but I'm not totally sure.


The sorts of cars we had were of the work horse, practical, not terribly exciting variety: Morris Traveller, Ford Escort Estate, Hillman Avenger Estate - that sort of thing. For my dad, cars were just a means of getting from A to B. He had little interest in what they looked like or how they worked and would certainly never have spent a weekend afternoon tinkering with the engine or buffing up the paintwork.

I'm guessing that the photograph was taken by one of my brothers and I wonder if my dad's just got back or whether he's about to leave? If it's the former, he might be returning home after spending his working week in the city. For those five days mum stayed in the country with my three older siblings. But this version of family life despite suiting one of my parents, was less idyllic for the other and they later swapped the hills and fields of Herefordshire for life in the urban sprawl and a shorter commute to the office.

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  1. Very cool photo. He looks like he might be setting off on a journey somewhere exciting.

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    1. Thank you Jackie - he does look like he's off somewhere nice, doesn't he?

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  2. A very nice way to remember your father and allow the rest of us to be a part of it. I'm humming the Happy Birthday Song to him as I key this in. :)) My husband and I were married on my father's birthday so it's easy to toast his memory on our own special day!

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    1. How lovely to celebrate and raise a glass to your late father on your wedding anniversary!

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  3. A nice way to remember your father on his birthday. Welcome to Sepia Saturday.

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    1. Funnily enough I couldn't find many travel related photos amongst the hundreds that I have. Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

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  4. A great portrait that has a kind of watercolor effect.
    Only a British car could have a name like Super Snipe.

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    1. I think it must be a great job thinking up names for cars!

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  5. Lovely old buildings in the background.

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    1. They are aren't they? I love red brick. Thank you for commenting.

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  6. And it was Father's Day on Sunday too!

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    1. I know! Many thanks for leaving a comment.

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