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Title: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: louisem on Wednesday 12 January 22 11:07 GMT (UK)
Hi everyone.
I am looking for ideas for a date for this photo. And an age if anyone would care to guess.
The back of the card is plain chocolate brown, the same colour as the edges.
It comes from my grandparents photo collection so I assume it is a member of my grandfather’s mother’s family who were from Barnstaple. His grandparents were Henry Symons 1849 Barnstaple and Ann Maria Mars (or Mears) 1848 Marwood so I assume this may be someone linked to them.
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: sarah on Wednesday 12 January 22 14:27 GMT (UK)
Hello Louise,

I am sorry but there was no image attached.

Regards

Sarah
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: louisem on Wednesday 12 January 22 14:36 GMT (UK)
Oh gosh, thank you Sarah, attached now (I hope)

Hello Louise,

I am sorry but there was no image attached.

Regards

Sarah
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: japeflakes on Wednesday 12 January 22 15:46 GMT (UK)
https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/Barnstaple/BarnstapleCommercial1893
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: Treetotal on Wednesday 12 January 22 15:51 GMT (UK)
Looking at the raised shoulders it would Edwardian or a bit later when the masculine look came into fashion can't see more of the sleeves.
Carol
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: McGroger on Thursday 13 January 22 09:33 GMT (UK)
Just for fun. :)
Peter
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: louisem on Thursday 13 January 22 10:44 GMT (UK)
https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/Barnstaple/BarnstapleCommercial1893

Thank you very much. I will take a look for other directories and see if I can find him later.
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: louisem on Thursday 13 January 22 10:48 GMT (UK)
Thank you very much. I will admit at this point that I wasn’t 100% sure the photo was a woman!
My Symons/Mars ancestors left Barnstaple for Cardiff in the 1870s so it seems this is most likely a relative sending them a photo, or I guess maybe a visit back to Devon. I need to try to find out more about the social/cultural ‘etiquette’ surrounding these photos, when and why people would have had them taken. I assume they were quite expensive but I realise I know nothing about the context.

Looking at the raised shoulders it would Edwardian or a bit later when the masculine look came into fashion can't see more of the sleeves.
Carol
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: louisem on Thursday 13 January 22 10:49 GMT (UK)
Thank you so much Peter, that is wonderful. What a nice surprise, has really brought her to life.

Just for fun. :)
Peter
Title: Re: Symons/Mars family Barnstaple
Post by: Treetotal on Thursday 13 January 22 11:17 GMT (UK)
It is a lady Louise.

Source:

http://www.sewhistorically.com/edwardian-neckwear-collars-jabots-fichus/


Carol