These Girl Color Picture From 104 Years Ago


These photos are 104 years old (believed to have been taken in 1913). They have not been colorized. Before the film, there was a photo process called “autochrome.”

These photos are from the original plates. They are mostly of 16 yr old named Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan, who was born on March 8, 1897, and died in Aylesbury in 1981 at the age of 84.

She was never married and had no children. She was the daughter of Edwyn and Mary Bevan. Her father, Edwyn Robert Bevan, was born in 1870 and died in 1943 and was a prominent philosopher, writer on comparative religions and lecturer in Hellenistic Studies at King’s College, London.

Her mother, formally the Hon. Mary Waldegrave was born in 1870, married Edwyn on April 25, 1896, and thus became Mary Bevan. She was known by family and friends as ‘Daisy’, and it is not known when she died. Christina’s sister, Anne, died about two years after her in 1983.

She is wearing a woman’s bathing suit proper for that time.

Her mother, Daisy, in the center. Christina’s sister on the right. Her sister Anne had two children, one who died at age 15.

Christina’s sister Anne on a horse outside their home. Captioned, ‘Anne on Victor with a Chelsea Pensioner, Edwyn, and Daisy outside 6 Chelsea Embankment, 1913’. That’s her father and mother in the doorway. See below for a picture of this location today. Other than cars parked out front, it hasn’t changed a bit.

This flat at no. 6 was for sale at 1.95 million in April 2017.

Other locations of the photos include Lulworth Cove, Dorset; and the beach at West Lulworth. The photos were taken by a family friend, this guy: Christina’s family lived at no. 6 Chelsea Embankment – just a two-minute walk from the photographer’s home at 21 Embankment Gardens.


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