I thought I would let Lionel and May wish you a Happy Christmas, can you hear Lionel on the violin accompanied by May on the piano coming to you through the years? This photograph must have been taken over 100 years ago, around 1910. The room is the same one as in the photograph here and is at Overton Villas in Dorchester. Christmas Bells is a one of Ezra Read’s ‘Descriptive Fantasias’ which was popular with music teachers at the time.
This picture in the snow was taken further down the road, most likely from outside Overton Villas. The only other photograph taken in the snow as at Blandford which is in this post.
The family lived at 6 Overton Villas in Maumbury Way, the road has been renamed to Monmouth Road and the house renumbered. The terrace with the name Overton Villas on the first house, is still there. The house looks similar to this now, the upstairs windows are different and the crenellations around the bay window are gone.
This photograph shows Rebecca, Lionel and May outside their home. From the age of the children, I would guess this was taken soon after they moved in. In 1908 Lionel would have been 9 years old and May 7 years.
Wishing all my readers a very Happy Christmas
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