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