Sepia Saturday’s choice of an image shows some Estonian children playing a game in a circle. It’s quite possible that the occasion was a birthday party. It’s also interesting to see that children are wearing the popular pinny made with crossover straps at the back. That is a bit puzzling. Why would the children be wearing pinnies if it was some kind of special occasion. There are also three children at the back not taking part in the game while an older lady supervises.
It’s not often that a photo of a party or playground game was taken in the 1920s and1930s. If was more likely to be a group photo,
These two photos were taken at Esme Heather’s birthday party in Castlemaine on April 2nd 1936 in the garden of her home.
Esme is third from the right in both photos.
Just one festive balloon to be seen in each photo. One of the highlights of a Heather party was the dressing-up box in Esme’s bedroom. And a treat with the food were the home-made lamingtons.
The Heathers lived at “Carinya” at the corner of Fletcher and Berkley St in Castlemaine, Central Victoria.
The next birthday photo was taken at the same place on April 2nd, 1941. This time everyone had a balloon and a party hat. Esme is centre front, kneeling, and her mother Daphne at the left hand end of the back row.
You can see part of the house next door in the previous photo. It is still there and can be seen in this shot of Carinya from Google Earth.
Further nostalgic links to this week’s Sepia Saturday image can be found here.