I like to golf once in a while but have few photos in sepia and none that I could find of my family on a golf course. Mostly farmers, my family members were likely unaware entirely of the sport. I could scrape up a few hockey pictures (sticks) but instead, I decided to post the following photos of my father in various Canadian military uniforms in two wars, carrying a swagger stick. A far cry from a golf club I know, but I distilled the prompt down to "men with sticks."
Swagger sticks symbolize military pride. Military historians date the stick's origins back to Roman legions when a short wooden stick was by officers to direct drills. At various periods in military history, officers carried sticks as a badge of rank. The sticks were often topped with a silver cap emblazed with the regimental insignia.
I read with amusement one comment in a guide to military dress that the sticks purpose was to keep officers walking like officers and to keep their hands out of their pockets.
|Dad with swagger stick. WWll|
|Dad in middle front with stick. WWll|
|My Dad in the rear with pith helmet and swagger stick.|
|Dad WWl with stick, jodphurs and spurs.|
I ran across the following account of the military in Canada during WWl on the excellent website:
jfredmacdonald.com in the section "The Great War as interpreted in magazine writings 1914-1916." It's a long read but it gives you a feeling about the sentiments of ordinary people in Canada in 1916 and their attitudes to the war.
Swagger over Sepia Saturday for other theme interpretations.