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Christmas 1921

Christmas 1921

Well, another BG outing, this time Motifica... and again inspiration drawn from the BG gallery on choosing papers, etc.

So, photo of my great-grandma (Cissie), grandma (Irene) and great uncle (Harold). The writing on the photo (which was a postcard sent by my great grandparents as a christmas card) is written on the journaling to the right of the photo. All other journaling is hidden under the photo flip as it's only size 10 font but there's loads of text - be warned!

And it reads:
"Cissie Stebbing married Fred Wood much to the chagrin of the Wood family, who believed the pairing to be unsuitable mainly because Cissie came from the famous Stebbing circus family, which though successful and undoubtedly well off, simply did not fit the social status the Woods desired. Following the death of both parents, Thomas and Anne Stott-Wood, the very young Fred Wood went to live with his grandparents, Frederick and Hannah Wood, at 68 Kirkgate, Wakefield, above their saddler’s shop. At that point the family was in the early stages of the business, and the 1901 census shows that Kate Wood (Fred’s aunt) was in employ as a dressmaker.
We believe that Cissie and Fred met one another through family connections, as Hannah Wood is believed to be the sister or cousin of Annie Stebbing, both of the Thompson family. This too became a particular sore point for the Woods. Nevertheless Cissie and Fred became close and despite Cissie having to travel around the country with her dance troupe Fred managed to see her, even on one occasion cycling all the way from Whitby to Saltburn. By 1918 they were married, and Fred was essentially cut off from the Wood family, who were by then running a successful business in Wakefield.
The couple moved to live in Manchester, presumably to be close to Cissie’s father and family. Fred could only find work at Dunlop vulcanising rubber, a hard and tiring job that paid little. The couple essentially lived close to poverty for many years. However in 1918 their first child was born, Irene Millicent, followed by a further seven children: Freddie (who died as a baby and was buried in a pauper’s grave), Harold, Ronald (who also died as an infant), Eric, David Anthony (who died at just 20 years old), Kenneth, and Patricia Joan.
Grandma remembered Frank Stebbing with fondness and a wry smile, at how his acrobat’s moustache always used to tickle her face when she sat on his knee, and later how he used to fondly refer to the Stebbing-Wood children as “You bladdy little Woods” in a very well-to-do voice. He would also refer to the children as “splinters”.
Thankfully the rift between the Woods was gradually overcome as grandma became older, however the damage was never really undone. My father vividly remembers sitting at 7 pm one winter’s evening in the then new 1960 Hillman Minx outside the back gate of Warren Cottage as his grandparents debated on whether they could face going in to see “Uncle Fred and Auntie Millie” or not. It was undoubtedly his grandfather, Fred (FW Wood’s nephew), who baulked at going back into the house he had had to leave in 1917, as Cissie tried to persuade him that it would be all right."

The Stash:
Basic Grey Motifica - 4 different sheets and a tag this time - and I did gut the background one! Main layer was sanded to distress and the others were inked with charcoal chalk ink.
K&Co. hinges and mini frame (diamond glazed)
MM metal letter, antique brad ad photo anchors and brads
Hand-cut title is Karen Foster red crackle PP
Dark oyster and black ribbon

Merry = Jefferson
Names and monogram "W" = CK Magnificent
Hidden journaling = CK General Store, but works great at very small size
Hand-cut title Christmas = CK Frankfurt
Date and journaling = CK Maternal