November 30, 2012

7th Wedding Anniversary : a 1950 Photo

How many couples would purposely go to a photo studio to take a photo just to commemorate an occasion? What is your sense of romance?

Are we more romantic today than people of yesteryears?

I have found out that people from different ages have their own sense of "romance".  During my school days, when girls had a steady boyfriend and were looking forward to their marriage they would start writing on paper, Mr and Mrs Wong....or Mr. and Mrs. Lau Kung XXX. dreaming of their beautiful future. This was called practising writing their married names. I wonder if girls still do the same today, forty years on.

It was extremely touching to discover amongst my grand aunt's possessions a special photo given to her by her friends in 1950 in Sibu.

And at the back of the photo were these words:

62 years later as grand niece of my aunt Chang Yuk Ging I would like to share with you my readers this exceptional find.( My aunt Ik Ding and I were remembering Grand Aunt Yuk Ging last month in Sibu and we took out all her photos to look again when we found it. What a precious gift!)

Mr and Mrs. Wong must have some special fondness for Aunt Yuk Ging.

The fact that they took a 7th year anniversary photo to commemorate their occasion and penning some words behind their photo is  very commendable. Mr. Wong must have loved his wife so much. And they must have some special love for each other. Could he be wearing the same necktie on the day he got married ? Was it a love match (in those days called free to talk about romantic love - zi yew lian ai), or was it a successful match made by a proper match maker?

How many children did they have then after 6 years of marriage?

I wonder how many people still go to a photo studio , dress up and take a photo like this, and send copies to their good friends.

Admirable is the word.


sintaicharles said...

So touching.

wenn said...

those were the days..

Ikan Sembilang said...

Love Is a Many-Splendoured Thing.

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Anonymous said...

I think it was the in thing at that time to take photo in the studio and then gave them to friends. Photo taking must be relatively new in the 1950's ior at least mnore affordable in Sibu. Remeber they took it in studio and how many can afford to buy a camera!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes, that's right. Most people could not afford to buy a camera in those days. When I have more information about Mr. Wong I shall write part 2 of this post..Stay tuned.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

thanks for your response...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes, isn't it a brilliant idea to take a photograph like this?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I am sure this couple had a very good life together, May God bless them richly.

Sarawakiana@2 said... have said it!!

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