Mar­riage re­stric­tions

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With re­gards to the let­ter by Deborah Vin­ing dis­cussing the il­licit mar­riage of her great grand­mother, in the Oc­to­ber is­sue, I thought you may find this photo (above right) of in­ter­est. This poster lists ev­ery­one you were We were as­ton­ished to see the ‘Found Pho­to­graph’ on page 10 of the Novem­ber is­sue – how of­ten do you get that re­sponse?

We are fairly sure that the lady in the middle is my mother, then Alice Crab­tree (1913-1994). If so, it would have been taken about 1938 when she was teach­ing in Worces­ter, Eng­land. She was only there for a short time and I am writ­ing to one of her for­mer pupils (now in Canada) to ask if she re­mem­bers the trip to a glove fac­tory (pos­si­bly Fownes, the main glove mak­ers in Worces­ter) when it was taken. Google pro­duces plenty of cur­rent ref­er­ences to “feel good gloves”.

Mum cer­tainly never went to Aus­tralia; her only trip abroad was a hol­i­day in Ger­many in 1933, when she met my father who was on the same trip. We have a very nice pho­to­graph of her taken in 1939 (see far right), which clearly shows the re­sem­blance.

She was al­ways in the middle of the front row in fam­ily pho­to­graphs, which was an­other rea­son not al­lowed to marry, and is hid­den away be­hind the main door of my lo­cal church. Anne Sher­man PG Dip Gen, by email

Editor replies: Thank you for why we picked her out. It is pos­si­ble that one of our friends who was also on the trip could iden­tify some of the girls – we think that it was a school sixth form trip. Mau­reen Bar­ber, Bolton Editor replies: We do oc­ca­sion­ally get en­quiries about peo­ple that ap­pear in pic­tures in the mag­a­zine, but rarely from read­ers spot­ting their par­ents! The sign in the pic­ture con­firms it is a glove fac­tory so it looks as if you are right. We’d be glad to send you a copy of the pic­ture, Mau­reen, so you can do more re­search. send­ing this Anne. I won­der how com­mon posters like this were, mak­ing it clear to all those who saw them what the let­ter of the law was.

This poster clearly shows who you could and couldn’t marry

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