Looking through the old family album collections, my husband and I discovered that both our grandfathers had once been in love with the same girl. The details are sketchy but when the same graceful beauty appeared, so often, in both our grandfathers’ bachelor albums, we started to look for, and find more clues.
What we have found out is that her name was Una le F…., maybe le Fleur, her sister, or friend, was Peggy. These photos were taken in 1926, a weekend party to the coast from Oudtshoorn, via Kruisfontein, Prince Albert. Apparently there was a le Fleur family living in Knysna?
She never married either of them but the wives they eventually married (our grandmothers) may have ripped photos out of their husband’s bachelor albums at some point – it really looks like photos have been removed deliberately.
Una was chaperoned at all times by her parents, the man who we now assume is her father, we once were convinced was George Bernard Shaw (he did visit Noetzie- but a few years later). You can see Una’s parents and siblings (?) in the watermelon feast pictures, as well as others. I don’t think the chaperones went on the picnics upriver though, that might have been too adventurous.
So, that is all we have really- there are a few more I might add but I am still relying on too much imagination when I look at these lovely faded photographs. I wish they could tell us a bit more! Bruce and I did not know that our grandfathers knew each other that well but it certainly seems that they did. Maybe Herbie was in love with the sister Peggy and Una is behind the lens? Who knows? 5 years later, Herbie called his new baby daughter Peggy. Is that a small clue? Ah, no that is my imagination at it again:)
Below, Herbie on right with his arm on Una’s knee. John is to the left in dark pants looking very glum. Mysterious GBS look-alike next to him – probably the father keeping an eye on his daughters?
Can you provide any info. I’d love to fill in the gaps!