25 Nov 2007 • 1,569 views
it was my Nan's birthday today. My mum's mum.
She was born Emily Ethyl Mary Read, sometime towards the end of the 19th century, probably 1898, and she died in 1986.
I found a little note book page of her's (which I enlarged) listing dates between 1978 and 1981 when she had her hair either Permed or Coloured. Three dates also mention her hairdresser's names- "Perm Sept 26 '81 (Sussey)" and "Col Nov 3 '81 (Maxine)", with a ditto Maxine for a "Col Dec 15 81."
The 3 images of her are:
Nan aged 6 months.
Nan in 1916 (aged about 18).
And at the piano in the front room of her home in South Woodford, East London. (This shot was probably taken sometime within the last few years of her life). Nan didn't read music, she played the piano by ear. She also used the piano as an easel to hold up her scenic oil paintings (which she always painted onto the rough side of a sheet of hardboard rather than on canvases).
Nan's previous appearance in my daily self portrait archive was: 2nd Dec 2006
and over on flickr that piano playing shot also features in this Dec 2005 page from "The Insurgent"