Tuesday 6 April 2021

Elizabeth Sarah Curtis and the Hart family of Rugby continued

 Elizabeth Sarah Curtis and the Hart family of Rugby continued.

In my last blog post I started to show the huge number of photographs and ephemera related to the families. Found in a car boot a couple of years ago now. The name Hart was on one of the pictures and having Hart in my family. I collected all that I could find related. I can only think that these were part of the collection of Florence Rosemary Hart nee Smith's home (1898 - 1972) They ended up in a car boot on a dealer's stall. It took several Sunday mornings looking as he would not sell me the whole box.

Iris Rose Hart (1923 - 1981) married James Edward Curtis (1925 - 1995) in 1960. His sister was Elizabeth Sarah Curtis born 1928 in Rugby Warwickshire. She married Lesley Townsend in 1949. Above are the wedding photograph cutting the cake.  
Elizabeth Sarah Curtis 
A younger Elizabeth Sarah Curtis.

More wedding photographs of the couple with their bridesmaids and alone.

They had one son Mark wearing the school uniform of St Oswald's. 
Another wedding photograph. of the couple with their bridesmaids and best man. Also maybe her mother Kathleen Mildred Labraham (1896 - 1978) Not sure why this one photograph has reversed from the original. Must have pressed something in the photoshop process!!

Kathleen Mildred Labraham's National Identity Card was also in the ephemera pile. Issued in 1915 during WW1. 
There is also a postcard photograph of Job and Lily Hart at their wedding. Job was Iris Rosemary Hart's uncle. 

Job Hart (1898 - 1968) married Lilian Willetts (1899 - 1985) in 1920. So this is a lovely photograph for the Hart family to see. Not many wedding photographs were taken or kept. usually one or two for the happy couple and an occasional one to family. No wedding albums for working class people usually. The couple had at least 4 children.

Now to the Smith side of the family. Iris Rosemary Hart's parents were Albert and Florence Rose Smith. Florence's sister married Samuel John Lucas. This is the memorial card of when he passed away in 1968 and subsequent burial. For someone tracking their family tree, these cards often tell a lot of information that can not be seen usually. 
Another sister of Iris Hart married George Hale (1920 - 1985) Hilda Hart was born in 1921 in Rugby also. She married George Hale in 1941. He served in the war and there are several photographs of him. 
Left back = Albert Hart R? Front George Hale. 
George Hale - looks to be in the RAF.
Taken 27/7/1947. The man at the front looks to be George Hale.No names on the back.
George Hale
Has Hilda hart and ?Colin on the back
Colin and Pat Hale. Children of George and Hilda.

Two pictures of Pat hale or Patricia Hale and below she is marrying John Hodges in 1969. A wedding invite is in the ephemera rescued pile.

A happy Colin Hale. 

Think this is of Hilda Hale nee Hart at the beach, but it is quite creased. 
There are also a few photographs belonging to the extended family of the Harts, Hales and Curtis's. Here are the ones named 
Carol Stemple in her costume. Maybe crowned as the May Queen? Hilda hart also married a Gunter Stemple. This may be her daughter
Has George and Doris Hart born 1927 (another sister of Iris) and Dick on the back. The man doesn't look very well?
An older photograph. Has Albert Curtis and wife written on the reverse - but there is a question mark. Not found an Albert Curtis as yet.
Hilda Burdett 1936 to 2003. She was the daughter of Francis Burdett and Elizabeth Ann Smith. Florence Rosemary Hart's sister. 
Louise Hart married Edward Manger in 1896. Louise born in 1856 and died in 1936. Sent to Albert and Rose Hart. Louise was his aunt.
Sent to Aunt Rose with Ian, Linda, Michael, Stephen Edwards on the back. Missing one child that look like twins. Taken around the 1960s by the looks of it.
Has "From baby to granny with fondest love Rene" on the back then Irene pencilled in. Probably Irene Hart b 1910. Now onto the unknown and not sure if in this family. But I am including them as well
A nice happy wedding scene. Cutting the cake. Probably 1950s of age. Unsigned but has a Rugby photograph stamp.
Now all the photographs below were in the ephemera box at the car boot. I think they may be related to the family above or have a Rugby connection. Above is the mess full of soldiers that look very young. It is on an old card stock - so may be during the WW2 or National service just after. 
A young sailor unnamed with a look of the Curtis's about him?

This has Mr and Mrs Kingdom on in pencil. Obviously someone the Harts knew. It is a postcard photograph. I will say she looks as though she has a slight bump in front!
This three sailor photograph is quite sad. Again in pencil that has faded on the back. Has Danny, ??Dick/Jim/Bert (very difficult to read) and then Johnny killed by Japs.
Small photograph like many of the others in the Hart collection - unnamed. A soldier on a motorbike 
Another small photograph of a group of soldiers.
This one has a Redding Rugby stamp on the paper insert.
A happy couple together. But no identification given.
A wedding in the 1920s. Maybe related to the Hart/Hale or Curtis/Smith family. 
Last but not least a wedding part photograph. Maybe related to the Harts. 
This is the second blog as I couldn't get all the pictures in one blog. Hope someone finds this helpful and if you are family please contact me via this page. I have already returned one lost album. Maybe these will find family?

October 2023 UPDATE
The Hart & Curtis family photographs and ephemera have been returned to family. I am so pleased they have been returned and not lost forever. 

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