Lost photos from a honeymoon in England, 1939
In April of 1939, England was on the brink of World War II and Margaret and Denys Gardiner were getting married. For their honeymoon the newlyweds, along with their cat Edgar, drove around the English countryside in their Morris 8 convertible, just before the world erupted into war.
The road trip took took the couple from Hyde Park in London, to the Flamborough Cliffs of Yorkshire, to the beautiful towns of Lincoln and Boston in Lincolnshire. Finally, in the last photo, the couple can be seen riding off into the sunset in Norfolk.
On September 1, only a few days after their trip ended, Hitler invaded Poland. On September 3rd, Great Britain declared war on Germany.
Denys, who was 23, did not fight in WWII. Along with a birth defect that “gave him less than the recommended number of toes,” Denys suffered from severe tuberculosis as a child and thus remained in England as part of the Home Guard. Margaret, aged 26, was trained as a nurse and worked in aid stations and hospitals during WWII.
The photos, thought to be lost for the last 75 years, were recently found by the couple’s grandson, Barney Britton, while cleaning out his grandmother’s attic. They were shot in color — a novelty at the time — using 35mm Agfacolor film.
Expected by many to die young, including himself, Denys lived to be 79 and died in 1995. Margaret lived to be 100 and died in February of this year. (x)