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Birthday Parties

1509W.132Sepia 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,

Esme Hather birthday 2-4-1936These 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 Esme Hather birthday 2-4-1936 at CarinyaHeather 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.

Esme Hather birthday 2-4-1941

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.

Heather's cnr Fletcher Berkeley - Carinya

Further nostalgic links to this week’s Sepia Saturday image can be found here.

ZIM the magician, and the rabbit is real.

2014.11W.06  I  do hope these poor little dears were enjoying  themselves  but they certainly don’t look happy while a silhouettist with paper and scissors is recreating each one’s profile.

A difficult theme to relate to so I will choose a happy occasion of a shared brother and sister birthday party in 1969  where the central adult is the marvellous ZIM the magician, illusionist supreme !

Birthday party S L 1969 producing a scarf bS,, Zim and the collapsing rod b


For the birthday girl a scarf and a collapsing rod.

Birthday party S L 1969 producing a rabbit bBirthday party S L 1969 L with rabbit b








And for the birthday boy a rabbit and a pigeon out of the hat, and look it’s alive

Birthday party S L 1969 L audience for Zim b

All watched by an admiring audience.

Birthday party S L 1969 playing a game bBirthday party S L 1969 sitting down game c



Followed by games and food.






A very decorous party.


More interpretations of this week’s Sepia Saturday theme can of course be found in Sepia Saturday’s links.