Market Lavington Museum

Carnival Time – about 1920


This photo has recently been sent, along with others, by a museum friend in the antipodes. It shows a carnival procession lining up on Easterton street.

A Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Week carnival lines up in Easterton - about 1920

A Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Week carnival lines up in Easterton – about 1920

We can start with the identified person. The girl on the extreme right, wearing a fairy costume is Ena Gye. Ena was born in 1911 and it is from her that we date the picture as around 1920.

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Ena Gye – born 1911, Market Lavington

As we can see, the photo is sepia in style but we can often see people better in black and white. There could be other recognisable people in the picture although fancy dress and make up can make recognition harder.

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It’s hard to recognise people in fancy dress!

There’s a case in point. The witches clearly have masks. Doe’s the man holding the tiller of the bath chair really have that facial hair? Maybe the best hopes for identity are the Japanese lady or maybe the wagon on which a part of the farm name can be seen.

One person in the photo is peering out of a cottage doorway. Perhaps there’s somebody who might recognise him.

Can anyone recognise the Easterton resident peering out from his doorway?

Can anyone recognise the Easterton resident peering out from his doorway?

There he is, behind the bear.

We think this is a glorious photo so many, many thanks to Amanda for sending it to us.