The photos

The photos shown are a small selection of those in the album and the larger mounted pictures. It is unclear whether the mounted photos are connected to the album in any way other than the bag that they came in. All were discovered when clearing a partially burnt-out shed in Witney, Oxfordshire in June 2011.

The top photograph (Photo A) is mounted on card and is of the University College, Nottingham, football team for 1930-31. It came with two others: the teams for 1928-29 and 1929-30. One common name is H.A.S. Greenhill. The next image down (Photo B) appears to show the same man as a master at a prep school soon after leaving college.

The next 10 snaps (photos C to L) are all from the tattered album.

The young couple may be showing off each other or their new house? The girl with the rabbit, the clergymen and the old couple growing old gracefully appear to have been photographed in the same garden at about the same time.

The Scarborough and Whitby seaside scenes are all pictures taken in the summer of 1935 and have been selected as being the most identifiable.

Amongst all the pictures of buildings (many churches) there are only a few that show houses which might still be identifiable. 'The Old Home' seemed as good as any to put on this page.

Last on the page is a picture (photo M) which it is very difficult to imagine anyone will identify. To my eye it is a boy or young man playing a female part in a school play. As soon as I saw it I recognised a slightly haunted look that accompanies wearing a big dress when you are aged 13 or so. Maybe that should be 'hunted look'. I speak from personal experience of Madame Jourdain in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Grusha Vashadze's mother in The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Please send a message if you can contribute anything to finding a living relative of anyone in the photos, or just want more info. To complete the 'life imitating art' idea, the album also has snaps of the Lake District, which plays such an important part in A Habit Of Dying.

Can You Help?

Please take a few minutes to look at these photos. Are they your relatives in the pictures? They are all believed to have been taken in the 1930s.

For a little information about each photo roll the cursor over the image. If you are contacting me please refer to the image reference number in your message.

 


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