Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Postcards #8 - Dunoon

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  1. I love the pc colors and the background! I don't know what the child labor laws in Europe were back then, but I think many people left school at an early age to earn a wage for their families. I take it she was a lady's maid of some sort? I think that missing word is "lovely" weather. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Hi Rheta. By 1909, Annie would have been around 16 - a time she would have expected to be working - and yes, I'm thinking as a domestic servant of some sort - from watching Downton Abbey, though (sigh - that my knowledge of working England comes from Downton Abbey), I think she may have been too inexperienced to be a lady's maid. And yes, I think you are right about "lovely" - thanks for catching that. I know Scotland passed school reforms in the 1870s, so Annie would certainly have had an elementary school education and possibly some secondary before heading off to work.

  3. Don't feel bad ... when I was writing that post I was thinking of Downton Abbey and trying to figure her place in the household! Love that show :)

  4. Ha Ha - all of us now understand Turn of the Century England through Downton Abbey. Hope it's at least somewhat accurate.

  5. Hi Rheta
    Just found your blog via ANESFHS and I love it, you are so lucky to have such a collection of postcards. It was a bit creepy going through them though as I know the Banchory area well and live in Aberdeen and a lot of the other address ring bells but why I don't know.
    Anyway to get to the point, I haven't watched Downton Abbey but a quick look confirms my suspicion that it portrays a much higher level of society than it appears that Annie & Nellie worked in.
    In Annie case I suspect that the Lady was just a term for her employer, not necessarily titled. The fact that Annie is seeking advice from her mother on behalf of her Lady, emphasises this to me. Any top rung lady would not be requiring advice, or even likely discussing such things with a girl like Annie.
    Therefore I suggest a couple of things this was a small household where the 'Lady' still had to to household chores and had few servants, so would converse with a 16 year old. the second thing I imply is that her 'Lady' was either fairly young, or fairly new to house keeping or she would know how do whatever it (I can't make head nor tail of what Annie wants).
    The other possibility is that, at that time Dunoon's main claim to fame was as a holiday resort and if the postcard picture infers that this is where they were staying the Annie's Lady would have been operating on reduced staff.
    Hope that makes sense.

  6. Hi - for clarity, it's Sandi who runs the blog, not Rheta. And, yes, I am absolutely blessed that the family held on to this collection of postcards - I've loved them since I was a child. I'm so glad you are enjoying it.

    I am sorry if there was any reference here that made anyone assume that I thought Annie was working in a house like the one on Downton Abbey. I was merely referencing the show because it helped me understand the titles various servants went by. Certainly the woman she was working for was not a titled "Lady" - likely just a woman who had one or two servants - probably one. I'm not sure, but thinking that Annie might have been travelling with the family for whom she worked, or might have been in Dunoon on her own for a day or two. I don't know exactly where she worked, although I could try and look that up.

    As far as what she wants, the way I interpret it is that her "lady" was crocheting a shawl and wanted to stretch it into it's proper shape. There was a lot of crocheting going on in those days.

    Thanks so much for reading. There is more to come.

  7. In the 1960's for a couple decades Dunoon was the site of a US Navy submarine base. I was there for almost 5 years and well remember the Argyll hotel.

  8. Did you have fun at the Argyll Hotel??


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