Friday, August 29, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Well-Suited for the Beach

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.




This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt suggests many possibilities ranging from beaches to trains to aquariums to running away.  The image of the well-dressed gentleman making his way across the dunes made me recall this photo:


Unknown men in suits Ocean View, VA 1919-21 http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
from photo album of Helen Killeen Parker
Ocean View, Virginia about 1919-21

As one who can’t tolerate sand in her shoes, I am perplexed that these men would trudge out toward the water in their Sunday best. 

Since I have no story to accompany this photo, I’ll do like Agnes Whoever and wave good-bye for this week.

Agnes Unknown Ocean View, VA 1919-21  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Agnes Unknown
friend of Helen Killeen Parker
about 1919-21


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37 comments:

  1. I agree with not wanting to get sand inbetween my toes, yuk! The gentlemen are all dressed up for some sort of occasion, Agnes is wonderful.

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    1. I love Agnes -- wish I knew who she was.

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  2. Lovely old beach photographs, very appropriate to the theme.

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  3. Love Agnes's firty (at the time) bathing suit!

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  4. And here's a wave across the water from me to you too, Wendy. Have a good day.

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  5. I bet those dapper guys tip toed out on the beach just for the photo, and they do look dapper...especially that flat top hair guy. Speaking of hair and hats...that Agnes sure was sporting a cool bathing cap and her suit is a hoot. Wonder if she got in the water with those yards of wet material to drag you out to sea.

    Forgot to tell you on your Blogiversary post....Love your new header. Well done!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. Mr. Flat Top could do a little do-whop ditty in the 1950s, I think.

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  6. What a pity you don't have an ID for the pals.

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    1. Tell me -- my aunt Helen didn't give me much to go on.

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  7. Short but sweet! The two guys look as if they have been out celebrating somewhere. It did strike me that men;s fashion did not change much, as the photograph had a look of the 1950' or 60's about it and I was surprised to see iit was taken decades earlier.

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    1. I hadn't thought about that but you're right -- that crewcut makes that fellow look like he could be from the 50s or 60s.

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  8. I love walking in the sand and feeling the sand between my toes..........but don't like sand in shoes. The shoes have to come off!

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    1. I think it's the mix of sand and water that really bothers me.

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    2. By the way, I really like the changes that you have made to your blog. Looking good :)

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  9. Love walking barefoot in the sand. I have some photos of my parents at the beach in Ireland in the late 40s and they always seem to be dressed up.

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    1. I also have many photos of women in beautiful summery dresses, but I guess there wasn't a lot of choice. Probably shorts hadn't been invented and pants were for snow.

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  10. Agnes looks like she is scattering something in the wind.

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  11. It always surprises me to see the older photos, usually pre-~1920s, with people fully-clothed at the beach. And not just at the beach, but on the beach, as if for swimming. These men don't look like they intend to swim, but one does wonder why they went to the beach in Sunday best. Agnes is wearing a sweet swim suit and cap.

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    1. I wish I knew the story. Were there NO casual clothes back then??

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  12. I love the beach, the ocean spray, salty and plastered on my skin along with sand in my shoes :) I grew up in So Cal and whenever I need to "unstress" I close my eyes and lay in the warm sand on some beach and listen to the waves. (Done a whole lot this summer.) I do so love your beach photos because I want to dress like those ladies :)
    Happy Long Weekend!!

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    1. Oh but you're an athlete used to sweat and grit.

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  13. In the last photo she is just all about happiness, and enjoying her day at the beach. The gents appear so much like Dapper Dan, and handsome for sure!

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    1. Judging by the number of beach photos my aunt Helen had, she must have LOVED the beach.

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  14. I hate getting sand between my toes or shoes. I would never venture out on a beach in my Sunday best.

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  15. I'm always perplexed by people who go to the beach dressed up but a great photo...wonder why they were there.

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    1. Yes, I wonder too. The faces don't look like any of the other men in the rest of the beach photos, so I wonder if they were visitors who just wandered by and struck up a conversation.

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  16. I’d forgotten that people used to go to the beach fully kitted out in their suits, I think the one I have of my dad is because we’d just arrived on holiday; it’s still strange though.

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    1. Dry cleaning had to be expensive. Doing laundry and ironing had to be laborious. You'd think people would worry about their clothes getting messed up.

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  17. They don't look like they built any sand castles, so maybe they excaped the sand.

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    1. Yeah, I don't think they threw any frisbees either.

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