This week’s Sepia Saturday challenge features a 1912 photo of actor Claude Rains. Alan suggested many ways to interpret the photo: actors, monocles, pointing, men in chairs. I wanted so desperately to find among my family photos a picture of someone pointing. But it seems I come from a long line of people who were taught it’s not polite to point. However, I have no shortage of pictures of men in chairs.
The man standing is George Clift, the abusive ex-husband of my great-grand aunt Sallie Jollett Clift (read more about her HERE and HERE). I don’t know who the man sitting is; he does not resemble either of George and Sallie’s sons. This picture must have been taken prior to 1914, the date of their divorce decree. I can’t imagine why anyone even held on to this photo given what George put Sallie through, but here it is nonetheless.
Oh my - lookie there – they’re wearing spats! Just like Claude Rains!
And suddenly my Sepia contribution took a turn. Here is my daddy Fred R. Slade Jr. as a young recruit in the Coast Guard.