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Friday, 8 July 2016

To cap it off

This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a gentleman out and about in his flat cap.

Below are a couple of photographs of my husband's great grandmother Mary Ann Olds nee Patt with family members, on the pier at Weston-Super-Mare, enjoying a day out. Mary Ann's husband Albert died in 1939 and Mary Ann in 1943, so the pictures may have been taken in the early 1940s. In the first photograph with Mary Ann are her daughter-in-law Doris Olds and three of Mary Ann's seven sons, two of whom are wearing flat caps. The photograph may have been taken by Frank Olds, husband of Doris.

Here is another photo from the day, and this one is likely to have been taken by Doris, with her place in the lineup being taken by her husband Frank. In my opinion the Olds men look a lot more stylish with their caps on rather than off here, but Frank may not have been a flat cap man. Mother Mary Ann looks stylish too, and she certainly wasn't about to remove her smart hat!

I think the man on the left of both photographs could be Mary Ann's youngest son, Arthur Percy Reginald Olds, 1907-2008. In the street photograph below with his mother Mary Ann, his wife Elsie and daughter Audrey, he is again looking jaunty in his flat cap. He was christened Percy Arthur, but was always known as Little Arthur, having been named after his older brother Arthur William, who died aged 14, 2 years before Arthur was born. Little Arthur outlived both His wife and daughter, and I hope he was still as stylish when he was a centenarian.

To cap it off, here is a little chap in a cap that I just finished knitting. He is about to jetset off to Smithers Canada to meet my brand new great nephew James, taking with him a gift of beanie and booties. At just over a week old, baby James is probably a little young for a flat cap, but you're never too young or too old for a beanie!

Rockabye Sweet Baby James, by James Taylor and Carole King, Live at The Troubadour 

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Postscript, 7.8.2016:
My sister found a cloth cap or cheesecutter for her little Canadian grandson James, but he doesn't look too happy about wearing it!

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