Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

There is something special about people in formal wear, or dressed nicely for a special occasion. This Sepia Saturday has us looking at men in ties, but I knew this grouping of photos from my family collection would be quite nice to feature.

Nunn Family 1950s

Nunn Family 1950s

This is the H. A. Nunn family, sometime in the 1950s. My dad thinks they were dressed up for a wedding. I have shown you my grandfather Horace, my grandmother Hennie, Dad of course, and even Uncle Pete. One of these days I will share some of the great photos of Aunt Ginny that I have. Ginny and my mother were friends at college when Ginny introduced her to Bert, my dad. History shows it was love at first sight and they have been together ever since. Horace and Hennie were married in the 1920s and were together until his death in 1968. Ginny and her husband Bill have been married a year longer than my folks, and Peter and Ruth have been married a couple years less than them. I guess we have good marriages in our family!

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Bert, about 20 years old

If this is the suit I am thinking of, my Dad had the coat when he and my mother married. A year or two later they were going to a party and she had to convert the jacket to single breasted because he enjoyed her cooking so much. :-)


Bert & Ginny

I love the long, formal dress Ginny is wearing. It is really a lost art, the wearing of a long dress. Girls don’t know how to move in skirts that go below their knees, let alone to the floor. Even prom dresses are getting shorter and shorter, with long dresses being the exception, not the rule.

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Ginny, late teens or early 20s

I’m not sure why I don’t have a shot like this of Pete. Maybe one of his kids took it before me, heh.

I will send you off with a song….

For more great posts and the ties that bind, click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

Neck and neck and neck

15 thoughts on “A white sport coat, and a pink carnation…

  1. I kept looking for the pink carnation as a boutonniere on one of the fellows in your pictures – which were great, by the way – as your title reminded me of the proms I used to go to in the 50’s when the guys wore white formal jackets and their boutonnieres usually matched the corsages they gave their gals. Oh, and the white shoes! Big stuff then, too!


  2. Deb Gould says:

    I’m sad to see those wonderful dresses go out of fashion! Now they’re wearing things so short (and so “cleavaged”) that we’re turning our heads away. And Marty Robbins? Holy Smokes — I remember that song!


  3. Jackie says:

    They do looked dressed up so it may well be a wedding !
    Very smart I must say


  4. Now I’m going to have that song in my head all week-end. Mind you, I don’t know any of the lyrics apart from the title.
    Nothing wrong with appreciating your wife’s good cooking; that’s what I say!


  5. Auntie Kat says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a solo picture of Uncle Pete from this setting. They are such a handsome family but I’m biased.


  6. luvviealex says:

    I thought Marty was going to fall off that stool at the end of the video for a second!


  7. boundforoz says:

    Lovely photos. I don’t remember white suits as a fashion item in Australia, or perhaps my memory is letting me down. !


  8. Alan BURNETT says:

    That first photograph is really memorable. And speaking of things being memorable – that song is going to be going through my mind all day!


  9. postcardy says:

    I have seen a LOT of woman wearing casual long dresses and skirts to all sorts of events and even work this summer. Many of the dresses have skimpy sundress tops but skirts that almost reach the ground.


  10. A fashion not made for chocolate ice cream, blueberry pie, or dancing on the lawn.


  11. Boobook says:

    Even the dad got to wear white shoes. I wonder if he wore them ever again! And look at that bold tie he’s wearing – so geometric.


  12. Sharon says:

    And the dress was probably made rather than bought!

    Now I have the song in my head :)


  13. Little Nell says:

    Wonderful choice of photos for this week. Your dad looks really happy in that first photo; he clearly didn’t mind dressing up formally. The newlywed weight gain is an all too famiiar story I think.


  14. Jo in Melbourne Aus says:

    The family all look very clean and spruced up for the occasion, whatever it was! Men didn’t much go in for white sportscoats or cream or white suits here in Aus I don’t think, but I certainly remember that tune. Great ties too :-)


  15. Karen S. says:

    Oh I remember that song playing, my parents were really big into music, and I still have their old huge stereo in our family room! Great photos, I also like seeing everyone looking so nice!


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