Saturday, 11 May 2013

Old school: Sepia Saturday 176


This is my grandmother's old school photograph. She was born at the turn of the century and I would guess this photo was taken between 1902-1904.




The board that the boy in the front row is holding say "Medburn St Infants- group 4" The school was in the London Borough of Camden, Somerstown area and was built between 1873 and 1877 and from 1877-1904 took children up until the age of 11.

I'm pretty sure that this is my grandmother as I remember that expression! It lasted a lifetime!

Dorothy Turner
Some of the others don't look that happy either!
 
This little girl looks quite frail
And this boy looks so serious


I guess he didn't want his photo taken!



 
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15 comments:

Bob Scotney said...

Four faces that tell you a lot.

Postcardy said...

Great expressions on those kids' faces. Each one is an individual.

Nigel Aspdin (Derby, UK) said...

I am no horticultural expert, but that looks very much like a Cannabis Ruderalis plant in the middle!

Lovely's Blot said...

I wouldn't know! I'd have thought they'd have looked a bit more cheerful if it was!

Kathy Morales said...

All those little faces are worth a look - thanks for bringing some to the fore so I stopped to take a closer look.

Wendy said...

Three cheers for the photographer who managed to place those cutie pies so that everyone can be seen. The children look so young -- almost like preschoolers but I'm sure there was no such thing then.

Alex Daw said...

I just love that photo. They are all so little and so sweet. It is really special.

Liz Needle said...

That is a great little photo. Very cute kids. I love their school clothes. Do you think thy got to wear their best gear to school that day just for the photo. Some of the little boys are wearing lace collars and the girls look very frilly.

Karen S. said...

Oh such a sweet little face on the last boy, and Dorothy is adorable too! Great expressions for all!

Dakota Boo said...

Love the last picture. Definitley says, "I do not want to be photographed. In fact I do not even want to be here at all".

Dakota Boo said...

Love the last picture. It definitely says "I don't want my picture taken, and in fact I don't want to even be here at all".

barbara and nancy said...

What beautifully dressed children. They look so Victorian with their lace collars.
Nancy

TICKLEBEAR said...

Children are always a tough subject for photography. You never know what they'll do. Now we have digital photography which reveals immediately the resulting picture and we can take another if needed. In those days, you did with the one you got. Makes for funny moments, when you think about it.

Great post!!
:)~
HUGZ

Tattered and Lost said...

The oh so serious little fellow reminds me of photos I've seen of Winston Churchill as a child.

Brett Payne said...

How I wish that all the school photos in my family collection had those slates with the school/clas/year chalked on them. As it is, most have been a question of educated guesswork (excuse the pun).