Saturday, August 31, 2013

Suspenders and stripes


In 1954, only the three youngest Pilgrim brothers remained;
My Great Grand Uncles - Mark (72), Perce (70) and Ned Pilgrim (67)
About 50 years earlier the seven brothers were all wearing suspenders (and moustaches).  
Cricket was their game of choice and the team was very well known and feared in the area. Cricket was a family event with seven brothers and their brother-in-law in the one team.  Many of you would have seen this photo previously but I feel that it is worthy of another appearance.
Pilgrim Seven
Circa 1908
A few years later, Mark and Ned wore stripes, while brother Bob was the trainer.   
Maybe Perce was on his honeymoon?  
Australian Football Finals are in September and Perce was married Wednesday 6th September 1911.



This post was inspired by Sepia Saturday; 3 men, suspenders and stripes!

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39 comments:

  1. I love the Pilgrim brothers! In 1909, Ned was the only one without a mustache; by 1911, he'd certainly caught up with his brothers!

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    1. There is a family story that in later years Ned shaved off his moustache and his daughters cried and said "You are not my Dad any more"

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  2. Awesome photo but we call them braces not suspenders thats what you keep your stockings up with

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    1. Yes they are braces in Australia too. I followed the American prompt.

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    2. And "Braces and Stripes" doesn't flow like "Suspenders and Stripes"

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  3. That cricket photo is pure gold. Seven brothers on the one team...great stuff.

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    1. And from all accounts, they were all very good cricketers too. My Great Grandfather was a bowler.

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  4. Marvellous old team photographs, and great that you have all the names to go with them. Herb in the 3rd row of the Aussie Rules photo isn't wearing the same guernsey though, perhaps he was a ring-in?

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    1. Maybe the wives knitted the jumpers and Herb's wife mucked up? lol.

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  5. History is not forgotten. Suspenders today look different, very colourful.

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    1. I think it would be good if they came back into fashion. Then I wouldn't see so many boxer shorts!

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  6. The stripes make a lively composition and their variations are intriguing.

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    1. Yes I wonder what colour the jumpers were. I haven't been able to locate the answer online.

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  7. The marvellous 'Pilgim 7" photo made me laugh. All those braces!

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    1. They are dressed pretty smartly for a game of cricket

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  8. A very impressive group of suspenders there! They look like they were fearsome.

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    1. I wonder if there was sibling rivalry?

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  9. That's an interesting comparison. I do like the dapper cricketers though.

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  10. their stern faces could spark fear in their opponents!

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    1. They certainly were serious about their cricket!

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  11. I liked your title and the picture that caught my attention most was the crickets club one with all seven brothers - and it was such a good match for the "braces" prompt.

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    1. Thank you Sue. The brothers all look alike but no one has commented on the twins.

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  12. This is my kind of post -- one where we can see people at different ages. Those mustaches are quite something! They look very serious about their game. I wonder if you've found any newspaper articles about the matches they played and who won. Would be interesting.

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    1. The newspapers for the area are being scanned for the National Library of Australia so should be available online soon. I am looking forward to perusing them :)

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  13. It just occurred to me -- with such an active sport I suppose the braces let them forget about their pants sliding down and concentrate on the game?

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  14. So many of those surnames are of families around Horsham where I grew up - Pilgrim, Rasmussen, McDonald, Meagher, Rintoule, Lehmann - where was the team based? If it is the Horsham / Wimmera league Imperials they were yellow and black and are still going I think.
    So many suspenders / braces and I could barely find one!

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    1. Well Done Jackie and thank you. I had the feeling that it could be black and gold.

      All those pictured in the cricket photo lived at Winiam, which today isn't far from Horsham but back then it would have been quite a ride.

      The Imperials seems to have a bit more of a mixture (I don't think that they are all from Winiam). I am of course related to the Pilgrims and Mullers.

      My Great Great Grandmother, Edith Geyer, was a well known nurse (midwife) in Horsham :)

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  15. Oh by golly what great photos! Those were interesting times for sports fashion!

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    1. My family were keen sports players. I have some interesting tennis fashion too :)

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  16. It is so grand that you have photographs of your ancestors like this. And what a bonus sidelight, discovering why Perce wasn’t in the 1911 photograph! A fine post!

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    1. Maybe? I was only guessing. Maybe Perce wasn't a good footballer?

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  17. Judging by their stance,
    yeah, I bet they must have look intimidating.
    Great post!!
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    HUGZ

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    1. Thank you :)

      I am looking forward to seeing the local papers of the area to see their performance.

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  18. I agree -- that is a photo worth repeating. Other men may have feared them, but I bet women admired them. Some good-lookers in the bunch!

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    1. I hadn't really thought of it that way but yes I suppose that the women would have admired them. All but Bob married.

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