Proud grandparents - paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather (Luther the man behind the camera again) - and parents. Nearly two years after the wedding a daughter, Muriel. By then Dora and Harold had moved to Stamford for employment, but part of the happiness on his face is that he had been declared unfit for conscription. Tom, his father-in-law, declared himself 'delighted' about this; two of his sons had already been injured in France, having enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
After the engagement, the wedding - 4th June 1914 - and not as happy an occasion as it ought to have been, because in January Sarah, Dora's mother, collapsed in the street and died shortly after being carried home, and in April Dora's brother's wife Effie died in chilbbirth on her 23rd birthday - born in New Zealand, she and Dora had been corresponding for three years.
Not so much the faces on this one - I suspect this was the first formal meeting of the inlaws! The couple on the right are the parents of the man my grandmother married, all the rest are her family.
The chap at back left goes by the splendid name of Pliny Summerskill.
On my lines of communication blog I have put some early attempts at fictionalising my family history - in anticipation of this meeting, Elizabeth Pickles is lying awake beside her husband Luther.
In 1878 Tom Sutcliffe married Sarah Sutcliffe (1854-1914) eldest daughter of George and Nancy Sutcliffe.
Ten years later Tom's brother Sam married Sarah's sister Mary (1866-1927) - always known as Polly - and childless themselves they were evidently, from dozens of photographs, proactive uncle and aunt.
Sarah's photo was taken in 1909 when her second eldest son was visiting en route from New Zealand, where he had just met his future bride, to Canada, where he was about to begin building a log cabin for her. Polly is four years earlier, Christmas day 1905. Regrettably there is not a single photograph showing Tom and Sarah together.
Tom, 1855-1930, the eldest son, from when he was about twenty-three if this, as I think it might be, a studio wedding portrait. Sam, 1863-1930, when he was forty-seven, at a family christmas gathering, and unusually serious. John, born 1869 died in Johannesburg, alone and unmarried in 1923, not in disgrace but certainly sans photographic evidence
Ann, 1857-1929, who married Brooke Rowley; Alice, born 1861 and died unmarried in 1940, a much-loved maiden aunt, and Emily, 1866-1918, wife of Pliny Summerskill who later bought the house where John and Susannah lived until their deaths.
I'm totally lacking ideas as to what to use as a 'theme', no matter how loose for this month's blogs, partly due to the fizzling - or drowning - out of April's plans. It seemed to me that April passed with exceptional speed - I certainly intended walking the two and a half mile route into Yarm on at least one occasion but many days were lost to rain.
This image is from a book I made when I was at college. Its title - 'Concertina guide to conception' was inspired by the expression on this face.