Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my blogging friends a very Happy and Healthy New Year. 
Thanks for your visits and comments, and for enjoying looking at all this old stuff with me.

How I wish in deed I could give you to-day,
Half of the good things I hope come your way;
But since I cannot, by this wee little line,
I send you kind greetings for dear "Auld Lang Syne"

I don't think the photo is actually a New Year celebration, but hey with all those empties they're surely having a good time.  Presumed 1950s, found photo.

The postcard was sent by Edie to Miss Gladys Lee who lived in Oswestry, Shropshire in 1912, so 99 years ago. 

Here's to another year of someone else's memories.

Friday, 30 December 2011

To wish you a Bright & Happy New Year . . .

My Dear Friend,
Just to wish you a Bright and Happy New Year & hope you will live to see many more, I hope you are well with love from us both from your loving & Aff Friend EmilySe

PS  Just got your nice letter and card I hope you have got my letter I sent you with love from your Friend Emily Sid

Sent from Oakland, California to Miss F Jones at Redhayes, Pinhal (I think this should be Pinhoe), Nr Exeter in December 1907.  As this date falls between census returns, then Miss F Jones proved to be elusive, in that she is not at that address in either 1901 or 1911.  Redhayes would appear to be a large house/estate.  Arthur Melville Hood Walrond and family lived at Redhayes in 1901 and there is also a connection with the family of Francis Marwood Hext who was High Sheriff of Devon in the 1930s.  So this might suggest that Miss Jones may well have been in service there, either that or she was a visitor, I thought that the 'hope you will live to see many more (New Years)' suggested an older lady .  The sender is maybe a friend who went to the USA, it's even difficult to make out her name.  I presume the photo is of her and her husband.
Redhayes and Pinhoe seem to have been swallowed up by Exeter and the only mention I find now of Redhayes is in connection with a bridge over the motorway and with a site for the Science Park.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Viel Glück im Neuen Jahre!

Lots of luck in the New Year!

Written 28 December 1929 and sent (in an envelope) to the UK.

The postcard is an illustration by the German artist Paul Hey (1867 - 1952) (translation of the wiki page here).  The scene depicts Frau Holle of Grimm's fairy tales, with the girl shaking the feather bed and then it snowing in the world beneath.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011


and a nice frame for a photo.  He doesn't look very happy though, I wondered if it was a school photo.  It hasn't been sent through the mail, so no exact date and no name.  I think the lady might be an art nouveau decoration style, so perhaps around 1912 or thereabouts.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011


Departing from the order of the postcards in the album, to post this seasonal one, 1940s Italian postcard.

Monday, 26 December 2011

"Please, please, please . . .

. . . let me get what I want . . ."

It looks like Santa brought this little girl a doll back in the1950s when they had a white Christmas.  I hope she didn't get cold feet being out in the snow in her slippers.  Granny and Grandad look like they are enjoying Christmas.

The title refers to the song in the Christmas ad which was the one to get in your head this year,

Sunday, 25 December 2011

don't over do it . . .

found snapshot, 1950s (or even 1960s).

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Greetings . . .

a postcard sent to Florence (who lived in Sparkbrook, Birmingham) from Auntie Annie, exact year unknown as the stamp has been removed, but probably 1910/1911.

Friday, 23 December 2011

don't forget your hat . . .

. . . for the Christmas party.
I did wonder if this was actually a Christmas party (as the flowers looked a bit like daffodils and although you can buy daffodils in the shops now I don't think you got them before Christmas back in the 1950s) anyhow a quick zoom in resolved my doubts as there are indeed Christmas crackers on the table and those may be the tips of decorations hung very high.  The flowers may be plastic, and may be roses and carnations (plastic ones).
Back to the hats, they haven't pulled the crackers yet, so they aren't out of those.  There seem to be 3 varieties on show, a fez, a clown hat and something flatter with maybe a little feather (did Robin Hood wear something similar?).
The lady whose photo this was is on the far left, wearing a fez.  They all look to be enjoying themselves.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Sent From . . .

. . . Germany to the UK in 1938.  So this would have been the last year of Christmas postcards for quite a number of years to come.  I have some Christmas postcards sent from Germany to the UK in 1949 which mention it being the first year that there are Christmas postcards again.  I don't know if there were any sent (possibly via neutral countries) in the intervening years.
The cancellation informs the reader that the telephone saves time and money.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

black dog in the snow

I feel sure that this snap made sense to whoever took it at the time.  However 50 to 60 years on (give or take - I'm assuming it's 1950s) it does become a little puzzling.  The dog is one of those quite large poodles (appearing on other snaps but I don't have his/her name yet), and it looks as though the lead has been looped around the fence post.  The significance of the lamp, I don't know unless it is to show how deep the snow was.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas & New Year Greetings

from Schwerin (East Germany) in 1971.

Monday, 19 December 2011


the next postcard in the album, from Italy in the 1940s.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

the (un)seated

Now this could be the photo of 3 tourists in Switzerland in the 1920s or the scene of an accident in which a witch crashed her broomstick.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Here she is again . . .

and she looks a little happier, maybe she took Christine's advice and passed by the 'Konditorei' before venturing out with her father.
I think the family may have been staying in one of the hotels on the postcard which is in this 'altered image'.  The postcard is stuck on the same album pages as the photos.

Friday, 16 December 2011

stay warm . . .

This young lady is on holiday in Switzerland, in the early 1920s. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

there's no place like home . . .

. . . even in the snow.  This snap comes from the same pocket book album as yesterday's man (in scarf) and may have been his home.  This bungalow looks like the kind of housing which went up rapidly in the period between the Wars.   
It's cold here and been snowing on and off today, but not sticking, well not yet.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

just what you need today . . .

. . . a large overcoat.  Found snapshot in one of those little albums which I think came free with the photos from the chemist where they were developed.  Datewise, I'd say 1930s.

Monday, 12 December 2011


The first of the seasonal themed postcards in the album.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

75 years . . .

. . . since the abdication  of Edward VIII, the abdication notice was signed December 10th 1936 and the abdication speech to the nation made on December 11th.  Here's the wiki link.
The postcard shows a young Prince of Wales, and is published by Valentines.  I had intended to post a photo of an Edward VIII coronation mug, but alas it is as I type still 'unlocated', although I did find a bunch of postcards which I'd misplaced, whilst I was looking.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

the quayside

Venice, 1952.  This image comes from a scanned negative (so there's a chance it could be the wrong way round).  You can just see a larger ship here.  I haven't finished scanning the negatives yet, so no doubt more to come.

Friday, 9 December 2011

tired out

"Tea time on South Port Beach.  Auntie Hilda is getting the tea.  T__ is asleep in the car with Uncle Jim.  Dorothy took this."

It looks like they are parked just along from the fairground.  I haven't really been able to make out the detail of what was for tea, but it does look quite an elaborate affair.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

the acrobat

"On South Port Beach. 1952 July.  T__ has to do his favourite acrobat trick, learned through going so often to the circus with Dorothy."

It looks chilly for July.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Cannock Fair

"A ride on the motors at Cannock Fair"

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Belle Vue

"A visit to Bell Vue Manchester.
Auntie Hilda and Auntie Doris with T__ in his chariot.   This was taken by Dorothy we were watching the fair."

I don't know Belle Vue Gardens in Manchester, but have found this great website, with this section dedicated to the amusement park.

Monday, 5 December 2011

'for the week'

Back in the early 1950s, the little boy seen here was taken on lots of trips and holidays by several aunts and an uncle (possibly great aunts and uncle).  Some 60 years or so later, the photos were orphaned and their entire story would have been lost, were it not for a brief commentary written on the reverse, presumably by one of the aunties.
"Sat. hired the pram for the week."

Sunday, 4 December 2011


As I was having lunch today, I was watching the live coverage on the news channel of the arrival of Tian Tian and Yang Guang in Edinburgh, they will be staying in Edinburgh for 10 years. I remembered I have a postcard of Chi-Chi who was a star attraction at London Zoo from her arrival in 1958 until her death in 1972.  You can read more about Chi Chi here.

Saturday, 3 December 2011


The next two postcards in the album are 'extras' being much earlier than the 1940s cards sent from Italy to England, whether they were added to the album by the original recipient/collector I don't know.  These two are both undivided backs, dating them to around 1900.  Notice the smaller inset image may be a warning not to get too close.

Friday, 2 December 2011

the named . . . a girl named Phyl

At first glance it may seem that a girl named Phyl is the female equivalent of a boy named Sue, but I think we can be fairly certain that she's really called Phyllis.  She's the girl wearing the tam o' shanter, the hat that looks like a beret with a pom pom.  Edith is the girl with the large wristwatch.  Bob looks like he's sweet on Phyl and Sonny (often short for Cyril) is almost fading away.  The year is 1920.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

the named . . . Margaret Lee

Today's photo is thanks to Steven (at Facing West) and is of Margaret Lee of Burlington, Washington.  Today I looked up Margaret Lee and found that she actually appears on the 1920 census twice.  She's listed with her parents, George and Hettie Lee, and siblings, Mattie, Dorothy, George and Kathleen, living in Burlington, Skagit, Washington, but then Mattie Lee and Margaret Lee also appear as boarders with Jesse and Olive Stark in Bellingham (Ward 4, Whatcom).  Mattie is 21 and Margaret 19 at the time of the census, so that would make Margaret about 17 in the photo (which is by Teeples of Bellingham).

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

the named . . . Bunty

another one of those names that isn't heard so much these days.  I remember there being a comic for girls called 'Bunty' (well actually you could read it whatever your name was, just that it was a girls' comic).  Had I looked at this photo not knowing her name, I would never have expected her name to be Bunty.  She doesn't look a Bunty to me.

Monday, 28 November 2011

the named . . . Edith Johnson and Amy Cooper

 Occasionally the orphaned photos have a name (or two) on the back.

Sunday, 27 November 2011


Not much to say on these two postcards really, they are the next two in the album and I'm sure there is a story behind both of the images, particularly the second one, which makes me think of some kind of Peter Rabbit type character in German, but I'm not entirely sure what the story is.

Sunday Stamps

For this week's theme of art on stamps, I have these lovely Russian stamps from 1971 . . .

I don't recognise the artist(s), so please say if you know.

I also have a GB FDC from the British paintings set of 1973, which commemorated the 250th anniversary of the birth of Joshua Reynolds and the 150th anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Raeburn.  Personally I prefer the art on the Russian stamps to this set.

From 1967 set of British paintings, the 4d value of  "Master Lambton" by  Sir Thomas Lawrence, I'm quite disappointed that I don't have the high value for that set as it is "Children coming out of school" by L S Lowry. (There's a picture of it here).

This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps, please check out this week's entries by clicking the icon below.

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