Oh, what a dilemma! Out of all of the photos I have which one is my favourite?
OK, I know which one it is!
And now I’ve decided, where is it??
<Comes back two days later having finally found the correct box. I really must organise these photos somehow…>
Here is it! Well, it’s not one photo, it’s two photos, but they are a matching pair. And it’s left me with a quandary.
Should I even share this?
That’s quite shocking these days, isn’t it? Could someone take it seriously?
But, it is what it is, a window into the past. Let me tell you about it.
It is of my grandparents, Mick and Babs Mercer in about 1934. Not a studio picture, but a couple of snaps that they took themselves. It is my favourite as it shows both my Grandma’s wry and dry sense of humour and the fun she and Grandad had together when they were young and courting.
This pair of photos is them in their cycling gear and Grandma labelled it “Heil Hitler”. The title is in mockery, not admiration and refers to the similarity of what they are wearing to the uniform of the Hitler Youth Movement. It is before the start of WWII and the later atrocities.
As a photo of its time, it is interesting to me that the rise of Fascism in Germany was newsworthy enough for it to be part of popular culture. It gives an insight into what mattered to them in their world.
When they were courting, and after they were married they used to have days out and holidays by tandem – hence the cycling gear. Here is a corner of a cloth map of the S.W. London Area that they used to plan their trips. The red lines show footpaths. I wonder how many still exist.