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Juliet Sladden

Newspaper cutting of a photo and letter sent to the Editor of The Evesham Journal, written by Juliet Elizabeth Sladden, the youngest of the children of Julius and Eugénie Sladden: 

Dear Editor, I am sending you my photograph taken in the early part of this summer, and would be pleased to see it in the “Page”.  Last Tuesday was our 20th Annual Flower Show.  I helped my sisters with a dinner-table decoration and I showed my rabbit.  There were roundabouts and swing-boats and hoop-la and side-shows as well, so I had a very good time of it altogether.

Love, from your affectionate reader,

Juliet E Sladden.

PS – I forgot to mention that the little dog with me is my own dog, Scot.  I have had him six years.

The 20th Flower Show took place in 1909 which means that Juliet, who was born in November 1897, was 11 at the time.  The child in the photo looks younger than this.  It is possible that Juliet may have mistaken the number of Flower Shows which had taken place (the first one was held in 1888, but there were two years when one was not held), and that the year may well have been 1907, making Juliet nine at the time.

The original of this newspaper cutting may be seen at the Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, reference 705:1037/9520/22/ii/22. 

Copyright:  © The Sladden family descendants and by kind permission of the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service