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Friday, November 28, 2014

All dressed up for the parade

My mom liked to dress up...she was 9 for this queenly looking costume...


I'm sharing this for Nov 29 Sepia Saturday
which shows a float and some girls dressed as swans, as well as a Swan Maiden on the float.
Details are:
As a general rule, if you take a daft photograph and then let it soak up eighty years of history it will become even dafter. This is certainly true of this 1930 photograph of the Swan Maiden's Carriage at the Grace Brothers Ball in Sydney, Australia. Grace Brothers were - believe it or not - a famous Department Store, and the strange scene depicted in this photograph (which comes to us by way of the Flickr stream of the Powerhouse Museum) is as strange as anything you might have seen in an episode of "Are You Being Served?". Possible themes for Sepia Saturday 256 include festivals, floats, feathers and fair maidens.
Come over the the Sepia Saturday site and look at other submissions to this theme..

Here my mother dresses up again, pretending to be a bit older than her 12 years.

And when she was a bit older, she was involved with this company of the ROTC...but I don't believe she was depicted here.  However, that's the recently built Thomas Jefferson Highschool of San Antonio, Texas from 1934.  I've posted more pictures of the ROTC companies as well as my mother's various uniforms before HERE.

11 comments:

Little Nell said...

Mataley matches the swan maidens perfectly - beautiful hair too!

boundforoz said...

Where is the child who doesn't like dressing up ? We've all done it.

Mike Brubaker said...

A great match for the swan queen. What would little girls do without a princess dream?

Alex Daw said...

I like dressing up too! It can be so much fun if you get it right.

Jo Featherston said...

It looks like your mother would have enjoyed being in a parade or pageant, like the ladies in our prompt photograph.

Postcardy said...

I remember dressing up in some old formals my mother had saved. I wish I had some pictures.

Barbara Rogers said...

Oh that's right...I wonder what happened to all those formals I wore. Since I had sons,and they weren't into "dress up" those dresses were all purchased and only worn once. We all thought there would be another occasion, but it never happened.

Pat Ball Morrison said...

Well now I know Grace Brothers was a real store, it's familiar to me from watching the hilarious reruns of "Are You Being Served" set at Grace
Brothers .. interesting and nice old black and whites...

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

Lovely photo of your mother - didn't every 12 year old want to be older! I love the old group photos as well.

BTW, I just clicked on your pottery blog and you are a fabulous artist! I love pottery, have picked up some here and there at art shows over the years.

La Nightingail said...

From my days on the 'little theatre' stage, I had a whole trunk of costumes but gave them to the local theatre when we moved as I didn't foresee doing any more acting. I used to have a lot of fun dressing up and stepping out onstage, pretending, for a little while, to be someone else.

Wendy said...

I'm glad you said she was only 12 -- she did a good job pretending to be older! I was certainly fooled.