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When the lady smiles

young ladies in cars
Ladies SMILE!
Look at these six wonderful young ladies. Posing in a 1926 or 1927 Singer Junior.
In 1926, the Junior was first introduced at the London Car Show. Comfortable, small,....
848 cc cars with an 8-horsepower engine. Available in many versions and designs. But also, the first light-weighted British mass produced car.
Looking at the photograph it seems like the photograph is taken inside. Probably in a studio, as the background setting shows an old English village. But in a rather strange perspective. Looking at the women’s clothes and the way their hair is done, it does not seem like they have just been out for a ride in the car. But also, the two ladies either sitting on the side or standing on the mudguard indicate they have not gone far. What is also remarkable, is the fact that this car does not have a windscreen. What was standard on all Junior`s. So, it is highly likely that the windscreen has been taken off for the photograph. But what would have been the purpose of the photograph? What is the relation between the women? Are they just a group of friends? Are they actresses promoting for instance a videoclip? Are they posing for a magazine? Maybe it is just leisure photography. What do you think?
We assume you do not know any of these ladies personally. But if you do or know more about the photograph, please let us know! So, we can share your story.

Photograph by Bill Coates


#5 2017-05-19 21:38
I believe Britain's first mass produced car which was also a light car was the Humberette of 1903. Also known as a Coventry Humber.
#4 2017-05-19 16:13
I had a Junior many years ago and even with one person in the back the springs were flattened - to get that group aboard without the car looking torpedoed they must have blocked up the rear end!
#3 2017-05-19 11:34
I believe it was common in the 1920s and 30s for photographers to have all sorts of 'settings' in their studios and only those who did NOT have a car (the vast majority) would have availed themselves of this opportunity. The windscreen would have been removed to prevent glare and reflection and allow shots from the front.
#2 2017-05-19 11:24
A painted backdrop, you can see the corner behind the rear passenger's head. The windscreen was probably removed to avoid reflections and allow the sitters to be photographed clearly.
#1 Derek Magrath 2017-05-19 07:19
What was it about the Austin Seven that prevents it from qualifying as British, lightweight or mass-produced?

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