It wasn’t just his own or contemporary photographs that survived in the collection of my 2x great-uncle Percy Ebenezer Trower, but older family photographs. This is one such carte de visite that survived, probably dating to a couple of generations before Percy’s.
Sadly unlike Percy’s own photographs there is no name or details on the back of this one, obviously certain clues to the age can be found in the dress, posture and photographer’s name, but that alone would probably not be enough to identify the subject.
There is probably going to be a connection with the Trower family although it might come from his wife’s side of the family. I doubt I will ever know for certain who this woman was.
This portrait is yet another photo from the collection of Percy Ebenezer Trower and it is of Percy himself.
Percy Ebenezer Trower
Unfortunately I don’t have a date for this photo, the original is mounted on a large piece of card, but it doesn’t mention a photographer’s studio.
Percy was born in 1898 and I would guess this photo shows him in his mid to late twenties, so that would date it around the late 1920s, but I could be wrong.
I will have to see if there is anything in his diary about visiting a photographer.
This holiday snap is another photo from the collection of Percy Ebenezer Trower.
Kate and Beatrice Trower (July 1949)
The woman on the left is Percy’s wife Kate Trower and next to her is her sister Beatrice Trower. Beatrice was the second wife of my great-grandfather Henry John Trower, Percy’s brother.
This photo was taken during a coach trip to Maidenhead, Berkshire in July 1949.
This photo is a partner to the one that I showed a couple of days ago.
Kate Trower, Percy Ebenezer Trower, Emily Nye (July 1950)
Here Ern (Henry Ernest Nye) has been replaced by Percy himself, flanked by his wife and sister-in-law. Presumably Ern is now the one behind the camera.
This was taken in July 1950 in Rochester, Kent. Percy described the visit is in his diary:
Tuesday with Doll & Ern went to Rochester, weather came out very bright but windy, it was a good ride, many years since we were there before.
It is very unusual to have an exact date for a photo, it was helped by having a location and a month and year on the back. This coupled with Percy’s diary tells me that the Tuesday in question was the 11th July.
Here is a photo of the couple that I mentioned yesterday, Ern (Henry Ernest Nye) in the middle and Doll (Emily Nye) on the right.
Kate Trower, Henry Ernest Nye and Emily Nye (July 1950)
The woman on the left is Kate Trower, the wife of my 2x great-uncle Percy Ebenezer Trower and the sister of Emily Nye. The photo was taken in July 1950, almost certainly by Percy, in Rochester, Kent.
Both women were the daughters of John and Emily Standing. Just to make things a little more complicated another of their daughters, Beatrice Standing, was the second wife of my great-grandfather Henry John Trower.
When I wrote about the importance of Betley a couple of days ago I mentioned my 2x great-grandparents Ebenezer Trower and Annie Fairs. The photo below shows this couple, I don’t remember showing this photo before, but apologies if I have.
Ebenezer and Annie Trower
I believe this photo dates from July/August 1911 and the marriage of their son Henry John Trower to Dorothy May Bateman. I have several other photos which seem to have been taken at the same time including a photo of the wedding group. Ebenezer would have been 45 years old in 1911 and Annie was a couple of years older.
I have always admired Ebenezer’s moustache and if I ever decide to grow a moustache then I would love to have one like his.
It is about time that I got around to telling the rest of the Finding Minnie story, or at least the story so far. You might remember that last time I wrote about contacting my newly found third cousin and how she thought she might have some photos of interest in her grandmother’s photo album.
She was right, they were definitely of interest because they showed my grandmother and great-grandmother along with Minnie herself and several other children.
It is fortunate that Minnie had the foresight to write names and dates in the photo album. How often do you see that? It is fortunate because I wouldn’t have recognised my grandmother in most of these, as I don’t recall ever seeing any photos of her as a child before.
There was one photo however which was unmistakably my grandmother. It was uncanny, the face looking back at me, that smiling face which I had seen so many times as I was growing up, but which I hadn’t seen since she passed away in 1999.
Annie Hemsley (dated 1927)
Apart from seeing that wonderful smiling face again it was great to see my grandmother as a child (she would have been ten or eleven when this photo was taken). I only remember her as an old woman and here she was enjoying herself climbing a tree, just being a child.
I can’t help but think see wasn’t really dressed for climbing trees, more likely dressed for going to school or church, but then children will be children, and it was just so wonderful to see her being a child.