Friday, April 22, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Sisters in Headbands

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

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt celebrates the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II by featuring a picture of her and her sister Margaret in their younger days when they performed in a pantomime production of Aladdin at Windsor Castle.

My grandaunts Helen (Killeen Parker) and Mae (Killeen Holland) were not performing in any sort of dramatic production when these photos were taken, yet Helen thought they appeared rather exotic in those headbands.

Masked Dancers
While Helen and Mae were posed much like dancers, they were not wearing masks.

Helen Killeen Parker and Mae Killeen Holland "Masked Dancers"
Helen and Mae about 1920

Oriental Lady
Does Helen look like an “Oriental” lady to you?

Helen Killeen Parker "Oriental Lady" about 1920
Helen about 1920

They look more like the Karate Kid, if you ask me.

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  1. Wonder if the headbands helped keep their hair in place.


  2. They look pretty exotic. In the 70's with some tie-dye they would have been right in fashion. Is that a grape arbor in the background?

  3. Helen and Mae look lovely.The 1920s was such an interesting decade.

  4. They are clearly dressed in 1920s style. Nice photos.

  5. So the definition of "Oriental" must have been a bit different in the 20s...certainly including headbands! Great post showing sisters also!

  6. Not really oriental, but interesting! I love the 20s fashion.

  7. Your grandaunts make a great match for the theme. The captions add an innocent and personal charm too.

  8. I think they may have misjudged their costumes, though the photos are great.

  9. Helen clearly had a good imagination. In any event, they are great photos of their period.