This is a picture of me on my fourth birthday – the first birthday cake I can remember. I don’t remember any more until my tenth birthday when my mother ordered one from Harrods. it was a beautiful …. train; for boys! as all the girls at my birthday party pointed out!
Anyway, here I am in the basement flat of 43 Talgarth Road. Picture taken by my mother as it is my father’s hairy arm on the right! I never noticed that before.
What has always stayed in my memory though is the teapot. Chrome and bone. I loved that teapot. I wish I still had it now. A classic of its time. (1957)
i am obviously very bemused by the candles. I believe my father had to help me blow them out. I think I must be sitting on a lot of cushions or telephone directories as even today my elbows come below the table top naturally!
The back of the photo – my father had sent it to his army friend in Poland – and made sure he knew exactly what he was receiving. I received this copy from the friend’s son last year! My father has written ” to blow or not to blow..” the date iswritten twice Why? I think maybe the top one was written by my mother originally.
There aren’t many photos from those times as I am not sure if we even had a camera. Film was expensive and developing and printing even more so. I think this may have been a very small print, but I am not sure – about 4 x 4 cm.