My grandmother was Elsie Smith (1885 - 1952). One of her sisters was Annie Smith (1881 - 1926). The 1911 census records Annie's occupation as an assistant schoolteacher. In my family history box is a turn-of-the -century photo taken at Royston Infants School. I've often speculated (see previous blogpost) that the young woman in the photo is Annie.
You can imagine my amazement when I was contacted by a reader to tell me she also had an ancestor who taught in Royston schools. (That's Royston in South Yorkshire, by the way, not Royston in Hertfordshire.)
And, she had some photos which she was prepared to share. A few days later she emailed copies of the photos and they are a truly wonderful record of her grandmother from schooldays to retirement.
Amongst the photos was this one:
And on the reverse are the names of the people in the photo. (I've obscured a more recent annotation to protect privacy.)
So now I've got an authenticated image of my great aunt Annie! In my experience it's rare for photos to be annotated with names; and even more rare for the annotations to include additional details. So, I think this photo is really special.
Countless thanks to Jackie who so generously shared her grandmother's photos with me.
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