Glimpse into war-era wed­dings

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garage on Maxwell Rd which had be­longed to her hus­band’s great un­cle.

She says she dis­cov­ered the mys­tery box tucked away on a shelf and looked in­side.

‘‘It was re­ally dark in the garage and I couldn’t re­ally see what they were at first but they were glass neg­a­tives; the first ones I have ever seen.

‘‘I thought it was a bit bizarre but when I saw what was in­side it was quite ex­cit­ing.

‘‘I think per­haps these are the neg­a­tives of pho­tos that didn’t make the grade,’’ she says.

The neg­a­tives, still in their orig­i­nal box, are be­lieved to have been taken in Christchurch be­tween 1937 and 1938.

They were first found by a rel­a­tive og her hus­band’s as a child play­ing in Christchurch.

Each neg­a­tive shows proud newly weds pos­ing with their fam­i­lies and with happy brides­maids and grooms­men.

Many of the women are wear­ing smart hats be­decked in rib­bon, while trail­ing bou­quets also seem to be in fash­ion at the time.

Le Brun has de­voted hours in a bid to find out more about the puz­zling pho­tos.

‘‘They are so cool and it would be nice to be able to give the prints I have made to the fam­i­lies.

‘‘It’s only by chance that I found them re­ally as they were al­most biffed out,’’ she says.

Le Brun says she be­lieves the box con­tains neg­a­tives of three dif­fer­ent wed­dings and she be­lieves she has put names to faces in two of the groups.

‘‘One is the King wed­ding which took place on Ran­furly St in Christchurch on Oc­to­ber 16, 1937 and I think the other is the Owen wed­ding on Oc­to­ber 9, 1937.’’

In a mar­riage an­nounce­ment she tracked down in The Press news­pa­per, Le Brun thinks the Owen wed­ding in­cluded a bride called Pyrl Gwen­do­line and a groom named Keith Richard.

The bride is de­scribed as wear­ing a dress of pearl-tinted satin with a square neck­line and a hand-em­broi­dered Brus­sels lace veil held in place by real lilyof-the-val­ley.

She was at­tended by two brides­maids Miss Rona Ni­cholls and Miss Betty Owen, sis­ter of the groom.

Both wore frocks of Corona­tion gold over gold taffeta and car­ried bou­quets of daf­fodils and polyan­thi.

The re­cep­tion was held at the hom eof the bride’s par­ents and the mother of the bride wore a ‘‘tai­lored navy suit with a beige geor­gette blouse.’’

‘‘It would be won­der­ful to be able to pass these pho­tos on.

They de­serve more than be­ing shut away for­ever,’’ says Le Brun.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about the pho­tographs can email Marl­bor­ough Ex­press reporter paula.hul­burt@stuff.co.nz or con­tact 03 520 8929.

SCOTT HAM­MOND/STUFF

Alice Le Brun found a box of old glass wed­ding neg­a­tives.

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