Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Gold Satin and Cravats 1938

 
Alice Cooper's wedding 1938 with Pat and Maddie the small bridesmaids on the right.


21 comments:

SDC said...

My goodness, you were a tiny little thing. That must have been so beautiful in living colour. But this reminded me of another question I had about the previous chapter. Did Alice ever tell you why she was so incensed at the lady who talked to you at the bus stop? Was it just concern about stranger danger?

Pat said...

SDC: I'm fairly sure we didn't discuss it and I understood she was trying to take care of me and felt special that she was so fiercely protective.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a WONDERFUL picture, Pat. How great that you still have it. You were such an adorable little girl---and one can see the beauty in your very special face right there in that picture! I LOVE all the dresses, and the men all look so elegant. THAT was a Wedding!!!!

Pat said...

Naomi: Alice was a bit cross. She said the other little girls stood with their feet apart and their tummies sticking out:)Just for once I was the goody.

neena maiya (aka guyana gyal) said...

Even though it's a black and white photo, the satin shines.

I did think there was something...ah...yes, the way the girls stood, feet apart. Then there's that child, so very pretty and dainty...

I don't know if I should tell you this or not...because I don't want you to feel pressured...but I'm looking forward to the next chapter.

Pat said...

Neena: I have to admit - I was Alice's pet:)
That sort of pressure I can handle. I feel so much better to be actually working on it again and actually IT being read.

Exile on Pain Street said...

Wow! That's fantastic! They sure knew their fashions back then. Miraculous that the photo survived all these decades. Beautiful. That her name is Alice Cooper = BONUS.

Ms Scarlet said...

Yes, I'm pretty smitten with wedding photos from the past... they seem so cool in comparison with the present day.
Sx

FrenchSon said...

Strange: I remember him with more snakes & lots more makeup! :)
Good to see a photo that evoques so many memories.

Anonymous said...

It all makes me realise that so many things have changed. Thanks for the insight.
JH

Pat said...

Scarlet: I have to admit I get bored with the endless bare- shouldered brides even on the most perfect of figures.
I reckon Kate Middleton had the right idea. Even Diana's had an expensive dish rag look with the inevitable creasing.

Pat said...

French Son: that took me a while to fathom. I always had a soft spot for Alice 2 - especially when he wrote 'Schools Out'.

Pat said...

J.H. yes writing about the period brings it home to me how things have changed - for better and for worse.

Mage said...

Look at the dresses you had on too. So cute. :)

Daphne Wanye-Bough said...

Late to the party as usual, but have just read straight through chapters 1-3: excellent writing! Beautifully paced, great dialogues and I can just hear that Rossendale accent. And drama too. I shall be popping in more regularly for the latest instalment. Well done you!

Pat said...

Mage: Imagine ironing them:)

Daphne: well done you! It wouldn't be the same without you.

Kim Ayres said...

And there was me thinking of 70's heavy metal horror artist, Alice Cooper...

Pat said...

Kim: I'm pretty confident that my Alice came first:)

James said...

Dear Pat, Read your Ch. 4. Improvenent on Ch. 3. Some good depth of detail of description esp. of your schoolteachers. Maddies drawing - do you mean 'representational' rather than 'materialistic'? 'real world' and 'touchy feely' - use inverted commas. Isn't the latter expression an anachronism? Need to say: What we NOW CALL 'touchy feely'. Pace of narrative still a LITTLE fast. Need to step back a little & reflect now & then, otherwise writing has an unwanted comic effect. Careful about being TOO honest about feelings etc. How do you REALLY wish a 'perfect gentleman' to behave? Generally getting quite good, though. Yours, James.

Pat said...

James: thank you for your thoughtful comment.
Re Maddie's drawing the word 'materialistic' was used by the Slade. She had sent one particular drawing in the style of magazine illustrators of the time - portraying an American service man watching his girl friend trying on some jewelry. His hand - in his pocket was highlighted and she called it 'A Helping Hand.'
I take your point about 'touchy feely' but I am writing in the present day and as if I am talking to the reader in language I would use now.
'Too honest'? I must ask you about this.
A perfect gentleman would make sure one was quite happy about what he would like to do. I.M.O.

James said...

Dear Pat,
Re: 'too honest' - I think that what I meant was that sometimes a perfect CHRISTIAN gentleman would not do a thing even if BOTH parties desired it!
Still puzzled? Sorry; I don't think I can really explain further, but will look forward to reading more of your (life) story as it unfolds for you. I suppose there are many ways you could interpret your life. Have you thought through the options? Anyhow, I am sure I shall enjoy Ch. 5! See you soon, James.