For the past few weeks, I’ve mostly used images from my family albums when I participate in Sepia Saturday. For this week’s image prompt, I thought I'd choose a picture from my husband’s photo albums that closely resembles the above picture. However, this decision caused me a bit of a dilemma, because there’s not one single solitary image of ‘police’ or ‘guns’ or such like in their albums. Not to worry, I thought, just go with another choice, like uniforms, well-dressed men, bicycles, windows, people peering from the shadows, buildings, or something completely different. It was then that I remembered a certain black-and-white photo.
|Michael and his sister Margaret, about 1962.|
My future husband Michael (in his pre-eyeglasses days) and his younger sister Margaret were photographed with their bicycles by their farm house near Pelly, Saskatchewan, Canada. Hubby thinks it was about 1962 or 1963. He’s dressed like most typical boys of those days, complete with baseball cap, but his sister’s dress doesn’t seem too convenient for bike riding, does it? (As a girl, I wore shorts and tops in the summer; dresses were reserved for special occasions like birthdays.) When I visited Maggie last month, I asked her if she remembered this photo. She did, and then explained that, as a young Doukhobor girl, she regularly wore dresses or blouses and skirts and a kerchief or head shawl. Maggie added that she didn’t own a pair of pants until she was a teenager. Regardless of how they dressed, I’m sure that Michael and Margaret had lots of fun riding their bicycles during their carefree childhood summers!
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