Tuesday, 30 November 2010

sweet little cherubs

on this Victorian plate.

Monday, 29 November 2010

from the 1970s . . .

my mom's Olivetti typewriter.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Black Velvet

is the name of this design by John Russell, made for Hostess Tableware in the 1960s/early 1970s.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

snow . . .

in Scotland, mid 1920s. Cool pram.

Friday, 26 November 2010

another unknown group . . .

. . . at least the photographer had the men at the back stand on the pews and not the ladies at the front lie down (unlike here) :).
Another found photo, people and location unknown.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Victorians in Dublin

this photo is a flea market find. I don't know if the men are military or policemen, nor who the ladies in the front row are. I can tell you the photographer's name, he is James H McLean,
by Special Appointment
The Duke of Connaught was Prince Arthur (1850-1942), son of Queen Victoria. (I always have to look up the names/titles of Queen Victoria's children).

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

a family gathering in the 1950s . . .

a found photo, the occasion is possibly a golden wedding anniversary.
I love all the patterns.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Monday, 22 November 2010

on the market hall steps . . .

this is a found photo from an album I bought, the group look to be standing on the steps to a market hall or town hall (I'm assuming) and I wonder if they worked there. It is possibly somewhere in the Black Country as other photos in the album are by photographers in that area (Dudley, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham). I have magnified/enlarged it and tried to view the notices but haven't been able to read them. If you know where it might be, please let me know.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

"Would the tall girls at the front . . .

. . . please lie down."
I cannot imagine what the photographer (or his assistant) was thinking with this arrangement. I hate to think what the mothers said when the girls arrived home with their best dresses all covered in dust from those floorboards and then when they brought the photo home. Alas this photo was not a one off, as I recently saw another where the same 'tall girls lying down at the front' was the rule of the day.

Friday, 19 November 2010


Midland "Red" Bus time table from 1926.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

April 1879 . . .

is written on the reverse.
Photographer: R L Graham, Top end of the Parade, Leamington Spa.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

"N'est il pas charmant . . .

"N'est il pas charmant sur cette carte?
. . . is written on the reverse of this postcard of the then Prince of Wales (Edward who would have been Edward the VIII had he not abdicated). I don't know who Lucy sent the postcard to or when, as it hasn't gone through the post by itself.
I think he looks a little like Prince William.

Monday, 15 November 2010

anyone for tea?

this teapot dates I think from the 1940s or 1950s. The impressed mark is STATE GIBSONS ENGLAND, my little book on pottery & porcelain marks tells me that Gibsons used the 's' on the end of their name from the 1940s, but I don't know about the word STATE. I've always liked the stripes and the colours, it is quite crazed on the glaze, but inside is very clean and looks like it might never have been used.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

November 14 1973 . . .

I remember we had the day off school to watch the royal wedding on tv, and it was before we had a colour tv so my mom went round next door to watch it. I didn't watch (though I can't remember what I did instead), but writing about it the next day at school called for some creative thinking (and large handwriting to fill the golden/yellow sheet of A4). It can't have been long after that that we got a colour tv, as we had one before Christmas.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

purpose unknown . . .

this pretty little vase has a transfer printed image of King George V and Queen Mary and is probably continental in origin (made to be sold in the UK). I'm not sure of its exact purpose, at 9cm it is quite small, so I think that it may have been part of a dressing table set, and maybe it should have hat pins in it.

Friday, 12 November 2010

travelling back in time . . .

would be one of my dreams, and Egypt, and in particular Cairo, in the first half of the 20th century would be one of my dream destinations.
This guide book dates from that time, originally published during the reign of King Fouad and then some pages added for King Farouk.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

On Armistice Day . . .

My khaki lad, tho' far away,
From dear old "Blighty" may this say
You're always darling in heart,
However long we are apart.

vintage postcard by Bamforth from WW1.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

a postcard by Bamforth & Co, dating from WW1.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

"To Joan, . . ."

". . . Love & Best Wishes From Vi, 1944."
I don't know either Joan or Vi, this is another photo postcard from the orphaned photos I have collected.
Photographer: W Bullock, of 71 Bridge Street, Walsall. Phone 2368 (or it might be another 6).

Monday, 8 November 2010

A message from the front

"I miss you more than
words can tell"
A message from father to son.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Frank-ly speaking - postmark slogans of WW1

Sent from Plymouth to Birmingham in October 1918, this postcard must have gone face-up through the machine, the continuous postmark slogan reads:

The postcard above, sent from Blackpool in July 1918 has the postmark slogan:

Inland postage had increased by that time from ½d to 1d.

It's very hard, probably impossible, to really imagine what it must have been like to be living at that time.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

In Memoriam . . .

William Fisher
of 180 New Kent, Road
who died suddenly on
Sunday September 6th 1874.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Gone are the days . . .

. . . when you could have a smoke whilst at the photographer's.
A family on a day out or maybe a short off-season holiday (judging by the heavy coat the lady is wearing), perhaps a trip to Blackpool or North Wales.
Found photo, presumed late 1920s or probably more likely 1930s, no information re. photographer or location.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

November recycled

from 1926, Saxton's Monthly Recorder, a monthly newsletter serving the district of Erdington, Birmingham.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

1st . . .

Communion Card, dated on reverse 'le 20 mai 1923'.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

in quieter days . . .

at Cairo Station. Even the sender acknowledges that, "the traffic here is very different now", sent from Egypt to England in the late 1920s.

Monday, 1 November 2010

from cover to cover . . .

1931 airmail, Cairo to Littlehampton.
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