If you want to get ahead, get a Bingle – 1920s’ style

Height of fashion ' four women off to a wedding in Portsmouth in the 1920s
Height of fashion ' four women off to a wedding in Portsmouth in the 1920s

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It probably will not surprise you to learn that women’s hair styles are not my strong suit.

Many of you might well remember the Bingle, but it was a new one on me.

Coronation tea party in Esslemont Road, Southsea, May 1937

Coronation tea party in Esslemont Road, Southsea, May 1937

So thanks to Ann Smithers for expanding my rather limited hairdressing knowledge.

Ann sent me the picture on the right as a classic example of 1920s’ fashion ‘from head to toe’.

She suggests the stylish quartet might well be posing in Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, with St John’s Roman Catholic cathedral in the background. And I think she’s spot on.

The photograph features two of Ann’s aunts – May (second from the left without a hat) and Doris Seaman (on the right).

Southsea beach, 1931

Southsea beach, 1931

Ann says: ‘They are with two friends and I think they were perhaps going to a wedding at the cathedral.

‘My aunt May’s hair was dark auburn and a male hairdresser in High Street, Old Portsmouth, cut it into a Bingle style.’

The definition of a Bingle? A bob cut short enough to be above the nape of the neck.

Ray Jones recently rediscovered the picture at the foot of the page and thought readers would find it interesting.

The occasion was a coronation tea party in Esslemont Road, Southsea, in May 1937, celebrating the coronation of King George VI.

Ray says: ‘The lady second in from the right is Alice Jones (née Aslett) my paternal grandmother. My father Dennis Jones might be in the photo. He would have been aged six.

‘My parents lived in Esslemont Road for a few years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and I believe the Aslett family also lived in Esslemont Road for some time.’ Can anyone put names to any of the other faces?

Finally we move to the amazing picture immediately below, e-mailed to me by Bill Tremlett.

He wondered if I could shed light on the occasion which saw thousands of people packed like sardines on to the beach at Southsea. I can.

It was taken in 1931 and the event was the Schneider Air Race which was won by Great Britain. Perhaps scenes like this will be repeated this weekend?