Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day 28


On the back of this photo is my Grandmother's writing - "My father and brother George, Grandfather standing and great grandfather with beard."

Great-grandfather - as in George Henry Charles Carrett 1 who was born 1834 and died 1912.

Grandfather as in George Henry Charles Carrett II born 1856 and died 1929.

Father as in George Henry Charles Carrett III born 1879 and died 1953.

Brother as in George Henry Charles Carrett IV born 1906 and died 1976.

My guess is the photo was taken c1907.  

The baby was born in November 1906 - a twin to his sister Daisy Minnie.

Once again this is a copy of a copy so I have no idea who has the original or who the photographer was although it is obviously a studio portrait.  

Gran had a tendency to burn things when people died.

My aunt also had a fire at her place in the 60s so we have lost things over the years.

The twins Daisy and George

This is the last photo in this series.

It's certainly been a challenge participating in this meme but the rewards have been tremendous.

I have learned so much, not only about my only family, but about my hobby.

What have I learned?

  1. Start scanning now!
  2. Don't stop scanning!
  3. Try to keep the photos in the albums they came from, so if there is no writing on the back you have some idea of which family album it came from.
  4. Scan at the highest resolution possible.
  5. Scan the back of the photo if relevant.
  6. Organise your photos into family groups/surname groups where possible
  7. Tag your photos if possible using a program like Picasa.
  8. Look closely at the photo for any clues e.g. clothing or photographic studio name
  9. Label your existing photos now - who, date, where, why or what.  You think you'll remember everyone later but maybe you won't or maybe you'll pass this mortal coil and your kids won't remember.
  10. Commit to a regular scanning meme (if not daily, then weekly) so that you Just Do It!
  11. Share the results of your research with relatives and other researchers. You'll be amazed at what stories are revealed and what ideas other researchers will give you. 

What have I achieved?

I've scanned at least 28 photos and probably more.

I've written nearly 10,000 words - wow!

I've increased my blog's followers by at least one if not two.

I think I've solved the identity of a mystery cousin photo and the real reason for the engraving on an heirloom ring I wear every day.

I discovered  new information - about the swimming prowess of my grandmother's siblings, that my great grandfather was Secretary of the Iron Cove Sailing Club, that the 113th Australian General Hospital is Concord Hospital and that PBS on a football probably stands for Patrician Brothers School.

I've ordered and received a death certificate and am waiting for a military service record.

I've identified the location of Wingfield's Cake Shop in Newcastle.

I've talked to my father and cousin in Sydney to confirm facts/hunches.

I have identified a new meme and excuse for travelling - The Sir John Sulman Medal for Design.

 I have also identified that spending time conducting a similar exercise on places/homes as inspired by the Finding Eliza blog would be good..

Where have I been (if only virtually)?

Abbotsford, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Lidcombe and Watson's Bay, Sydney, Australia
Bathurst, NSW
Dubbo, NSW
Gundaroo, NSW
Leura, NSW
Newcastle, NSW
Orange, NSW
Yass, NSW

Mt Wellington,Tasmania

Hove, England
Portsea, England

Cumbenauld, Scotland

France

To Do List

Find school records for Orange and Bathurst
Find Post Office Directories or similar for Portsmouth 1880s
Order wedding certificate for Millie Carrett/Andrews
Find out who J. Burns is
Order Patrick McLoughlin death certificate for 1901
Research Riverview Rd Undercliffe
Find descendants of Alice Agnes Bourke
Obtain/Locate Emma Case death certificate
Contact McLoughlin cousins again

Books I'd recommend are:

Dating Family Photos 1850-1920 by Lenore Frost 
Digital Imaging Essentials - Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians by Geoffrey D. Rasmussen (I bought an e-version here)


Websites I'd recommend are:

The National Archives of Australia has some great advice online here.

Library of Congress has a great resource online for personal archiving.  Don't forget those photos that you store on your phone...what happens to them when you upgrade your phone?  Or your computer?  And what about your blog?  How will you preserve that for future generations?  Did you propose to your beloved by text? How are you going to keep that for posterity?

Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940

Looking for inspiration or motivation?  Join the Sepia Saturday challenge or Sunday Scan Day group on Facebook.  


Is it all still too much trouble?

Ah - obviously you need a Flip Pal Scanner - read how easy it is to operate here.
PS - See, my mobile phone has already changed since I took this photo!!!!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of preserving their family history and or memorabilia?

Thanks again to Julie, Pauleen and Kristin for the fabulous inspiration this month. 






Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day 27

George Henry Charles Carrett III and Charles Arthur Stanley Carrett in France c 1917/1918

Now isn't this dreadful - I'm not sure which is which.

I suspect George Henry Charles is the one on the right.   Let's have a look at a close up of his face at Millie's wedding photo again...

George Henry Charles Carrett at Millie's wedding 1924
Tricky huh?

We might be able to reach better conclusions by looking at their service records on the NAA website.

Charles enlisted on 15 May 1916 at the age of 25.  At the time he was 5ft 71/4 inches with fair hair and blue eyes - a bricklayer turned Gunner.  

He was wounded in a field in France a year later.

George enlisted 8 May 1916 at the age of 37 standing 5 foot 7 and 3/4 inches with brown to grey hair and grey eyes.  A builder turned driver.

So...I was wrong....George is on the left.  

I'm not sure exactly when this photo was taken 1917 or 1918.  

Don't you wish they were alive today to tell us what they were up to and where they had been?

George died 27 December 1953 at the age of 74.  According to his death certificate he died at the State Hospital and Home at Lidcombe.  Before that he had been living at 71 Ewart Street Dulwich Hill.  He was a builder and had been born in Dubbo to George Henry Charles Carrett -another builder.  George's mother's name was Daisy Stores.  He married Daisy Taylor at the age of 23.  Children alive at the time of his death were Ethel 49, George H.C. 47, Daisy 47, Irene 45, Oswald S. 43 and Nora 39.  The 1 female deceased would have been Millie.  His son Oswald of Wombyne Street, Gilgandra was the informant.  George was cremated at Rookwood 29 December according to the rites of the Church of England.

Charles died in 1964.


I think this must be the last photo we have of George.  He is shown here with his wife Daisy Mildred and daughter Daisy Minnie.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day 26

Millie's wedding
L to R Back row Ethel Carrett, Ted Conner, Millie Andrews nee Carrett, George Henry Carrett III,
Front row L to R Frank and Ken Andrews
1924


Ethel Eileen Carrett (my paternal grandmother) and her older sister Dorothy Mildred aka Millie were married in the same year - 1924.

The family joke about this photo was that Ethel had to stand on a soap box she was so short in order to balance things out a bit.

Ethel would have been 19 or 20 in this photo and Millie would have been 21 or 22.

Ethel and Millie's father on the far right would have been 45 years old or thereabouts.  

Frank the groom is seated to Millie's left.  His brother Ken is sitting in front of the father of the bride.

This photo is a copy I'm afraid.  Not sure where the original is now. Millie's family has probably got it.

From a cursory search on Trove I see that Millie and Frank had a son a year later at Nurse Gee's private hospital.  

Note to self - get a copy of Millie's wedding certificate.

Millie died in 1949.

Frank died in 1967.

Isn't Ethel's dress beautiful ?  It's so simple.  I think it would have been lovely to wear.

And it goes without saying that the Bride is just beautiful too.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage Festival - Day 25

Tom McLoughlin c 1898

Without a doubt, this has to be my all-time favourite family photo.

It used to produce howls of derision at family gatherings.

My poor grandfather - although I think he could take a joke and found it quite funny too.

He really does look a teensy weensy bit like an alien doesn't he?

ET certainly wants to phone home.

You can imagine all the comments.

Anyway, my maternal grandfather was born 7 July 1898 in William Street, Bathurst to John and Margaret McLoughlin.  He was the eldest of nine children.

Did the family come down to Sydney for this photo?  They must have.

According to this site Eden George had his studios in George Street Sydney.

I think this is what is called a carte-de-visite.  It measures 4.5 inches wide and just over 6.5 inches long.  Or 10.7 x 16.7 cm in metric.

If you conduct a search on Trove, but take out "society", you get 243 results for "Eden Studios" in the SMH just between 1890 and 1899.  Most of them are ads of course.  But there is quite an enchanting description of the studios here  and here which were opposite Anthony Horderns...and I quote..

"furnished and carpeted in the most luxurious fashion"...and

"the appointments of the establishment are of the most modern description"

Just like the language in the article!


Sydney Morning Herald courtesy of Trove Monday 22 August 1898 Page 2


What fun!

I have other photos of Tom through the ages....

Back of photo says J. Burns, T.McLoughlin


I like this one.  I'm not sure who J. Burns is...I hear my mother saying Jack Burns.  Was he a cousin who owned a photographic studio in the western suburbs of Sydney???? Put that on my investigate list.  Tom looks about 10 years old don't you think?  According to a comment on a photo on Flickr Bursle had a studio in Orange from about 1894 until after 1900.

But this is how I really remember him

Tom McLoughlin 44 Toxteth Road Glebe c. late 1970s or early 1980s


We have lots of photos of Tom reading.  I'm thinking this photo would have been taken at Christmas time.  Note the bowl of licorice allsorts and toffees and glass of beer.  And the all important magnifying glass.  He would have been about 80 in this photo.  Grandad, as I called him, died 2 November 1982 at Ashfield when I had already moved to Brisbane.

I must have inherited my love of reading from him, I think.  And he loved libraries - particularly the Mitchell Library.  He didn't have very much money but he was always subscribing me to stuff or buying me sets of books - Australian Heritage magazines on Australian History....all sorts of Readers Digest editions of things, encyclopaedias.  You name it...he knew about it.

He loved chess but I couldn't play for peanuts.  He loved Maths.  I was hopeless at Maths.

He was stone deaf (I understand from working in the De Havilland factory during the war making aircraft engines).  And a bit embarrassing to be with because you had to shout all the time.

I was always frightened to see him off at the station in case we got stuck on the train - my mother would always insist on going in to the carriage with him to make sure he was set up properly with a newspaper etc.

But he loved me to bits and I'll never forget that he dutifully bought me my first LP - Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy by The Who from DJ's Record Bar in Canberra for my birthday.
 Bless.

Thanks to Julie, Pauleen and Kristin for their inspiration for this months's meme.







Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day 24

Patrick McLoughlin c. 1899-1901


Look at this fantastic photo.  How lucky am I to have a copy of it?

This is the back of the photo.


That's my mother's writing in the blue.  I'm not sure who owns the brown writing.  I'm thinking Annie and Mary, John McLoughlin's older sisters.  John McLoughlin was my maternal great-grandfather.  His older brother Patrick was born in 1865.

He looks a reasonably young man here so I'm thinking the photo was taken in the 1880s.

This source indicates that the studio was active from 1899-1912.  However I understand from checking the indexes to NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages that Patrick died in 1901.  I must order his death certificate.  

I have looked for his name on the Nominal Roll of the Sudan and Boer War but without success.  So I'm at a bit of a loss to know what uniform he is wearing and what he is doing.

The photos and discussion on the State Archives website was quite interesting.

This website advises the following regarding the conflict in Sudan 1883-1885: 

 New South Wales Contingent
This was the first war in which Australians were involved. They arrived wearing their home service dress, ie. red frock and white helmet, they soon received a shipment of English khaki, 1882 valise equipment and leggings although the latter were not popular and trousers were often left loose. Australia supplied one battalion of infantry (volunteers) and a battery of artillery.

What do you think Sudan or Boer War?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day 23 aka Sepia Saturday

Unidentified cousins
Today's inspiration comes from Sepia Saturday and I quote:

Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 165 comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum and is entitled "Group Portrait of an Unknown Family". All lovers of old photographs are familiar with unknown people, unknown families and unknown places, we all have them in our collection, and Sepia Saturday 165 provides an opportunity to give them their moment in the limelight, not because of who they are but because of who they may be.  

So here they are - the unknown cousins.

This photograph is from my mother's album and underneath it says "Cousins of Mums"

I suspect they are Forfars and that the photo was taken in a studio in England.

I was going to say "Do enjoy figuring this one out.  I am at a loss."

but then I enlarged the photo and found the following in the bottom right hand corner.

"E Pannell 75 Church Road Hove"

Brilliant!

So, yes, I am more firmly convinced that it is the Forfars or the Hollinghams because they came from or lived in Eastbourne Sussex.

So, from googling "E Pannell 75 Church Road Hove", I ended up with all sorts of interesting leads...not least of which from this blog post to this site

So now I'm thinking the photo dates from about 1905-1916.  Mostly because of the initials i.e. just the E rather than E.W. who was his son.

This is a postcard - rather than a carte-de-visite.

Other interesting sites to visit are this one,

And now I have also found Sussex Online Parish Clerks which I suspect could provide me with hours of endless entertainment.

So I really need to put my detective hat on just a bit more and find out about the siblings of Emily Mercy Hollingham, mother of Walter William Forfar, my maternal great grandfather.  Emily's family were confectioners/bakers in Eastbourne.

Why don't you go on a bit of a sepia seaside holiday and look at other unknown families and see if you can help with some detective work....

Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day 22


I'm late ...I'm late...I'm terriby late.  And I'm also forgetful.

I don't want to give this photo a caption because I am unsure as to who it is....

I have a memory of my mother's voice telling me that it is Alice Agnes Forfar nee Bourke, the second wife of Walter William Forfar.

But I'm not sure ..so please don't take my word for it.

I'm going to confer with cousins in the meantime.

The photo was in my grandfather's album...so this could be a McLoughlin instead - or a Taylor.

The back of the photo looks like this


From some cursory research on Trove there are 35 Sydney Morning Herald articles/advertisements featuring the phrase "Leicagraph Co" from 1937 -1959.

Alice Agnes Bourke was born in 1872 and died in 1944 at the age of 72 - so, if it is her, I reckon this photo was taken between 1935 and 1944.  But more likely the mid 30s.

In March 1937 the Leicagraph Company is advertising for an experienced Leica operator.  The company is based at Kyle House, Macquarie Place.  By June they are advertising for Girls, Printers and Enargers

In November 1938 the company is advertising for a "Boy, 15, permanent position to energetic lad.  Apply 10am, the Leicagraph Co, 30 Pitt Street."

It is interesting however if you change the search terms to just "Leicagraph".

And broaden the search out to include other papers.

For example I found this article in the Courier Mail about the "popular craze" and "big industry" of street photography in Sydney in 1935.

And this one about whether or not street photographers could be considered employees or just working on commission. 

This article reports that the company had premises in the Strand Arcade in 1935.

The Fortunes of Poppy Treloar by Pixie…
I was interested to see a photo of Pixie O'Harris in this article.  I loved reading The Fortunes of Poppy Treloar when I was growing up.  My mother had recommended it to me. Pixie seems to be wearing the same style of fur collared coat as the woman in my photo - so maybe we can settle on 1937. 

Alice would have been about 65 in 1937 and this looks right to me.

Another possibility is that it is Margaret McLoughlin nee Taylor, my grandfather's mother, who died in 1957.

Well I'm off to email cousins on both sides of the family.

Fashion and car enthusiasts feel free to give me the benefit of your opinion.

Thanks to these wonderful women Julie, Pauleen and Kristin for the inspiration for this post.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage Day 21

Emma Taylor nee Case c 1930s


Oops - I'm a day late with this one.  

This is one of those frustrating photos.  There's nothing written on the back.  

It's a photo of a photo - again.

I think it is of Emma Taylor nee Case - my maternal grandfather's maternal grandmother - my 2nd great grandmother.

Emma was born 2 January 1855 at Gundaroo, NSW.  

Her parents were Thomas Case and Maria Mussel.   

At the age of twenty-one she married John Thomas Taylor 7 May 1876 at the Wesleyan Church Yass.  John was described as a labourer on the marriage certificate but a year later on his daughter's certificate he was described as a farmer.

 They had I think at least nine children.  Their eldest, Margaret, married John McLoughlin.  Margaret and John were my grandfather's parents.

Emma died in 1936 at the age of 81.  My father's papers contain a photocopy of a document I have never seen before which is called "Notice of Signing of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death".  It shows that Emma Taylor died at 11 Irene Street Abbotsford 12 March 1923.  It gives the name and address of the Medical Practitioner - but that is all.

This in turn is backed up by a funeral notice in Trove here.

So she died at her daughter's home and we now know that she was buried at Rookwood in the Church of England cemetery - somewhere near my mother I hope.
 
There are quite a few descendants from this family tracing the family's history.  I have been in contact with at least half a dozen so far.  

I realize that while I have Emma's birth, baptismal and marriage certificates that I need to order her death certificate which will give me more information about her children.

In summary - I don't know where or when this photo was taken but I am guessing in the 1930s somewhere in Sydney.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Challenge - Day Nineteen

1912 Tom McLoughlin - Football Team  -
Tom is at the end of the back  row on the right








Family history is not complete without a football photo is it?

Even from 1912.

Not quite sure where this is taken - I suspect Bathurst.




Back of postcard


The back of the postcard reads in my mother's handwriting on the left

Circa 1912 
Tom 14 years 
Football Team 
Tom in sub junior

I'm not sure whose handwriting is on the right hand side - maybe my grandfather's.  

It says 

M McLoughlin 
4 Lamrock Terrace 
E Orange.

M McLoughlin could have been Tom's sister Margaret or his sister Mary or his mother Margaret.

Thomas, aka Tom, my maternal grandfather was born 7 July 1898 in William Street Bathurst.

I would love to know what Grandad's role was on the team.

He's wearing a suit and a tie.  And his boots are nicely polished.

Is he the manager?  A coach? A fan?

What do you think?

Was it Union or was it League?

What do Catholics play?

Union I suspect.

Now if I knew anything about football I could probably look at the shape of the ball and say "Oh yes that's blah blah"....

for what it's worth I think it has PBS III and possibly C written on the ball.

I am wondering if that stands for Patrician Brothers School.

Ben Chifley attended the Patrician Brothers School in Bathurst - a bit before my grandfather's time.  He also played football.

Things to do - see if there are school records for Orange and Bathurst. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage Festival - Day Eighteen

Mother Mrs Conner England c 1922

This is Caroline Cook nee Jefferies - my 2nd great-grandmother.

Caroline was born 21 March 1852 Dock Row, Porsea, Portsea Island, Southampton.

She married James Vernon Cook 25 October 1871 in Portsea and they had, I think, eleven children.

This photo was in my Grandmother's collection, from her husband's side of the family.  This is what is written on the back of the photo:

It's such a shame that we don't have the whole postcard anymore with all the writing on the back which might have provided more useful information.  Most frustrating.  But because I can see the date 21 March on it and that is meant to be Caroline's birthday, I wonder if it was taken in honour of her birthday.  A significant birthday perhaps.  


Here is a photo of her grave at Wymering courtesy of cousin Geraldine.  She was 76 when she died so maybe it was the occasion of her 70th birthday. 

The photo's identification was backed up beautifully by my cousin Geraldine in England who sent me this photo in 2009.  It was obviously taken at the same time - only in a standing position.


It's an amazing outfit she is wearing isn't it?  It reminds me of a dress designer that we used to have here in Australia - very swish - ooh maybe about twenty years ago - but her name completely escapes me.  It's all kind of patchwork isn't it?

According to Caroline's wedding certificate her father, Thomas Jefferies, was a Principal Convict Warden.

James Cook's father was a Cab Proprietor. 

And in closing, in my bumbling and stumbling about the web I found this interesting site too.

Thanks to Julie, Pauleen and Kristin for their inspiration for this month's posts.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage Festival - Day Seventeen

James Vernon Cook


This is my 2nd great-grandfather James Vernon Cook, father of Eleanor Eliza Cook who married Edwin Conner. 

 At least that's what it says on the back of several copies of the photos that I have


It doesn't help that Eleanor's brother was called James and her father...and her grandfather....

So, I'm not sure when this was taken.  Let's say c1900.

His final rank was Chief Gunner or I think Lieutenant Commander in retirement.

Certainly if you look at this ad for a full dress uniform from Christie's it seems very similar. 

Here's another great photo of him courtesy of my cousin Geraldine in England.


According to Geraldine's photo of his grave, he died 25 January 1928 so I imagine this was taken a bit before then.  

What do you think he is standing next to?  Geraldine says it might be a dovecote.

I posted pictures of his funeral before here on my other blog.

According to the National Archives record of service he joined the Navy in 1862 or 1865 - it's a bit unclear.  It states his date of birth as 16 September 1847.  He is described as 5' 7" - at least I think it is a 7 - it could be a 1- dark hair and grey eyes.

He retired from the Navy in September 1902.  

I have a copy of his marriage certificate to Caroline Jefferies in Portsea from 25 October 1871.  On it his name is just James Cook.  I think the middle name Vernon may have come from one of the ships he served on over the years.

I don't have a good copy of his birth or baptismal certificate.  I do have copies of the  certificates courtesy of my cousin June in WA but they are too blurry for me to read. 

She transcribed the birth certificate for me as follows:


"thirteenth day of september 1847 12 Artillery Lane Bishopsgate ;name if any ;  James ; sex; boy ; name and surname of father ; James Cook ; name and surname of the mother Ann Cook formerly Moore ;; ocupation of father Tollcollector signature discription and residence; X the mark of James Cook father 12 Artillery Lane Bishopsgate ; when registered second  October 1847"

And the baptismal certificate as follows:

"April 16th 1848;        James son of -  Parents James Cook tollcollector and his wife Ann Cook ;      no 12-or 13 Artillery Lane;   St Boltoph Bishopsgate ;"
 
So no mention of that middle name Vernon - where on earth did I get that from?

Imagine being born in Artillery Lane - sort of sets you up to be a Gunner doesn't it?

 And it looks like if I wanted to do so I could stay there next time I visit London.

Thanks to Julie at Angler's Rest for the inspiration for today's post.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sepia Saturday and Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day Sixteen

Hazel and Ethel Conner nee Carrett near GPO Sydney c1943

Here is my beloved aunt and her mother, my Gran.

My Aunty Hazel enlisted in the Australian Army 15 February 1943 at Paddington.  Her next of Kin was my grandmother.  Hazel would have been about 18 or 19 when this photo was taken. 

She was discharged 21 September 1944.

She worked at the 113 Australian General Hospital and was a Corporal on discharge.

I've just ordered her war service record from the National Archives.

I found a great series of photos of the Hospital here on the Australian War Memorial website.

The 113 Australian General Hospital may be better known to Sydney residents as Concord Hospital.

It looked like this:

Image Copyright: Copyright expired Public Domain Note AWM Image Number bottom right of frame.

According to this Wikipaedia article it was one of the tallest buildings in Sydney at the time.  And it won the Sulman award for architecture in 1946.  By the by, I was born at the King George V Hospital for Mothers and Babies which won the Award in 1941.  I'm beginning to be obsessed with the Sulman Award as per this previous post.  Perhaps I could make it a life goal to visit every building that won the Award.  I can tick off a few already as per this list.

But I digress...There are some heartbreaking photos in the AWM collection of photos.  

I refer you to this one and this one.

I suspect my Aunt worked in an office like this.

Image Copyright: Copyright expired Public Domain Note AWM Image Number bottom right of frame.

I remember seeing my Aunt march on Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra when I was young.  She was very proud to do so.

I am looking forward to visiting the War Memorial again in Canberra next month.

Thanks to the following blogs for providing the inspiration for this post 
Sepia Saturday and Angler's Rest.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Fab Photo Collage Festival - Day Fifteen

Ted and his mother - Ted aged 22 c1922








Don't you think this is an interesting photo?

The clothes they are wearing are incredibly plain ... and yet she has a fur draped across her lap.

I really wish there was an expert in costume or fashion who could help me here.  

Ted's suit looks almost Chinese or artisan like - someone help me here.

What do you think?

He was married to Ethel Carrett in 1924 and at that time was described as a Draftsman.

And I want to know what that big B is on Eleanor's collar.

Ooh, so many questions..... 

Now in my search to try and identify the kind of suit that Edwin is wearing I have found this page on the V & A's site.

This site also looks amazing. It gave me the idea that perhaps Ted is wearing a band uniform.  Maybe Eleanor is too.

I would appreciate any other suggestions in terms of resources.