Friday, 31 December 2010

the last day . . .

a 1960s souvenir.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

a cover . . .

from Egypt to London in 1940, an active service cover with 4x 10 milliemes King Farouk Army Post stamps.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010


it's nice to find one with a date on, taken 26th Dec 1891.  Photographer: F Spalding, Chelmsford.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

almost all that remains . . .

of a dustwrapper from an early Noddy book, it was Noddy at the Seaside.  Usually the old books survive and the dustwrappers fall apart and are lost, well I have the very tattered dustwrapper, to which this is the inside rear flap.  This makes me think it was an early Noddy book.  I think the book might still be around, but we haven't got it. 

Monday, 27 December 2010

Posted in Kidderminster in 1909.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

. . .

owning records before owning a record player, this is one.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas . . . . from 1973.
Although I had been pretty clear in my hint dropping that this was what I wanted, there was a bit of a hitch and I had an LP of Geoff Love and his Christmas Orchestra instead. I got the single in the end.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Wishing you a Merry Xmas

from 1908. The postcard features the Edwardian actress Miss Ethel Oliver smoking in her pyjamas.

It was posted on Christmas Eve and would have been delivered Christmas Day.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

the full set of 12 days . . .

in 1977 the 12 days of Christmas were the theme for the Christmas stamps, this Post Office FDC has the cancellation of Bethlehem, a small village in Wales.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010


from 1967, an aerogramme. I wonder if they made designs for each of the 12 days of Christmas that year?

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Christmas Greetings from the front

an embroidered card from WW1.

Monday, 20 December 2010

written . . .

Finally recovered from the attic!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

"You Lucky People!"

Slogan postmark from 1969 advertising the pantomine at Lewisham.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

fond remembrances . . .

Blackpool again, undated, but I presume Edwardian.

Friday, 17 December 2010

a souvenir from Blackpool

Blackpool Tower opened to the public 14 May 1894. This pretty little souvenir dates from that time. I think it would have had a saucer, but I only have the cup.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

the flip side . . .

the backmark used by the photographic studio of yesterday's photo. Isn't it wonderful!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Exhibition Card

I bought this fairly early on in my collecting of Egyptian postcards and ephemera, and I can hardly believe it was only 2p! I wish I could find things for 2p now!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

The Polytopic

Xmas edition 1946, published in Cairo for the RAF.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

59 cours d'Orleans

the reverse of a late 19th century carte de visite photo.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Another 1920s wedding in Walsall

again all I know is the name of the photographer - Seymore Johnson, Walsall.
(there is an initial before Seymore, which I can't fully make out).

Thursday, 9 December 2010

standing on the doorstep . . .

are this 1920s bride and groom. The only information I have is the photographer, who was J H Jamieson, Darwell Street, Walsall.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

. . . i m a g i n e

John Lennon
9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Edward VII in Paris 1903 . . .

1er Mai - Avenue du Bois de Boulogne
Passage de Sa Majesté et du Prèsident Loubet

This postcard was sent from somewhere in England (possibly Winchester) to the Isle of Wight on December 10 1909. Arthur (the sender) was obviously keen to get as many words as possible in the message as he writes both vertically and horizontally in the same space. I've seen other cards written like this, obviously deciphering them was an art. The image on the card is likewise busy and it takes a strong magnifying glass and a sharp eye to find the King.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Give the bride a rolling pin . . . . (or two)

in this 1950s wedding photo (a flea market find) the bride is not only holding the usual lucky horseshoe, but two rolling pins. My mom remembers brides being given rolling pins (that would be in the 1950s). According to my dictionary of superstition, it would be given as a good luck charm, in one account, it is a Midlands custom (this photo is from the Midlands) and traditionally the rolling pin would be made of glass (and thus be connected somehow with the glass making industry in the Black Country) and afterwards only used for pastry made for weddings. Another account describes a gift of a glass rolling pin in Sunderland, again a connection with the glass factories from that area. The rolling pins in this photo appear to be wooden, so the tradition continued when the glass industries were not so prolific. It seems to have died out in the 1960s.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Gordon of Khartoum . . .

This postcard was sent from Cairo to London in 1908. The postcard is published by Lichtenstein & Harari, Cairo. You can read about General Gordon here on wiki . I wondered about the story of the statue and its fate and found the history explained on the Lightwater blog.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

1960s Blackpool

sunnier and more colourful days on this unused postcard from the 1960s. I like the traffic and that in the lower right corner you can see a line up of those painted boards that you stand behind and put your head through (I don't know what those are called).

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Post Early for Christmas . . .

. . . 1926. It's interesting to read the names of the countries that make up this list and quite logical in adding a day for the mail to reach London or adding on days for the mail to travel further within the destination country.
To compare with posting dates from the UK in 2010, the Royal Mail dates can be found here.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Queen Alexandra

1 December 1844 - 20 November 1925
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