A display of wedding presents

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Commentary

This is a family photograph from the Documentary Photographic Archive at the Greater Manchester Record Office. The image shows the wedding presents received by Mrs June Jones of Cleveley, Lancashire, on her marriage to Stan Jones in 1948. The accompanying notes comment that these were all the presents they received, but many people gave money. June Jones deposited these photographs herself, so the commentary shows that she was still anxious that her gifts should be interpreted in the best possible light many years after her wedding. The practice of displaying wedding gifts immediately before and after the wedding was common among the British middle classes from at least the mid-nineteenth century.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Identities
Human Relationships

Dominant Representational Strategies

Elements

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
House
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Middle

Activities

Type
Hygiene and Upkeep
Detail
Decorating

Rooms

Type
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
Uninhabited
Detail

Objects

Type
Furniture
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display

Bibliography

Purbrick, L., ‘Wedding presents: marriage gifts and the limits of consumption, Britain 1945-2000,’ Journal of Design History, 16, 3 (2003), pp.215-227

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Hilton, Leonard 1960s

Photograph, JH1126

Indirect Cross-References

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1910

Photograph, JH1114

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Warnsey, G. 1910

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Ralph Hindle and his son Peter

Hindle, Ralph; Hindle, Peter 1951

Photograph, JH1116

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Leigh, Percy H.

Photograph, JH1117

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de Witte, Helen 1900s

Photograph, JH1118

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de Witte, Helen 1900s

Photograph, JH1119

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Blackaby, Herbert Edward ; Blackaby, Emily; Blackaby, Henry Herbert Thatcher 1905

Photograph, JH1120

An invalid in bed

Blackaby, Henry 1900s

Photograph, JH1121

The boys’ dormitory at Observatory House School

Photograph, JH1122

The wireless room at Queechy

Hilton, Leonard 1920s

Photograph, JH1123

June and Stan Jones recieving Christmas presents in bed

Jones, June; Jones, Stan 1976

Photograph, JH1125

Leonard Hilton and the TV

Hilton, Leonard 1960s

Photograph, JH1126

The sitting room at Doenbey

Rohleder, Robert; Rohleder, Laura, nee Johnston 1899

Photograph, JH1127

Hugh Horrocks and his wife Esme

Horrocks, Hugh; Horrocks, Esme

Photograph, JH1128

Alice Susannah Catchpole

Catchpole, Alice Susannah

Photograph, JH1129

Names
Jones, June
Jones, Stan
Date(s)
1948
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Lancashire
Description
Format
Photograph
Type
Genre
Interior View
Publication
Copyright
Location
Greater Manchester Record Office, Documentary Photographic Archive, 2021/33, 2/H19/39.
Record ID
JH1124