A Favourite Family Photograph

This is a photograph taken in 1909 to celebrate the 90th birthday of my Great Grandfather, Frederick Fuller.
I like it so much because it is so natural with the old man sitting among members of his family in his garden in London. Considering how formal family photographs were at this period, with people standing stiffly and literally glaring at the camera, this is just a lovely picture of a group of ordinary people.
The only boy in the picture is my father, Frances Fuller, when he was nine years old.
The rather severe looking lady in a hat is his mother, (the old man’s daughter-in-law) and the girl at the top right of the photo is his sister, my Aunt Mabel. I do not know who the other people are but suppose they are the old man’s daughters and granddaughters.
Whoever they are I love them because they are normal people enjoying a special family occasion. They are all long dead but I look at their picture every day and keep their memory ever alive.

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