Monday, 31 January 2011

vintage . . .

postcard of the Kasr el Nil Bridge, Cairo.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

in another time . . .

The postcard above show the Cairo Museum in Tahrir Square c1908.
This next postcard dates, I think, from the late 1960s or 1970s, you can see the museum and the buildings which are being shown on the tv news.
Over on the BBC news I just saw the images of the human chain around the museum today as the people strive to protect it. 

Friday, 28 January 2011

an album

of cartes de visites, it is lacking a back cover but has quite a few photos.  I got this one today, haven't had chance to take the photos out and scan them yet.  Some nice images.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

on the beach . . .

a scanned in negative from the shoebox of our old photos, 1950s Blackpool, I think the boys are the donkey handlers, but I'm wondering who was sitting in the chair just before the shot was taken.  Whoever she was, she left her handbag.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

the grand old days . . .

of the grand hotels, this vintage postcard shows the winter gardens at the Cairn, Harrogate.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

and on the inside . . .

of the photo envelope seen yesterday.

Monday, 24 January 2011

holiday snaps . . .

. . . or rather the envelope that they came in back in the day when you picked them up from the camera shop.  This envelope is from Spain, early 1960s.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Saturday, 22 January 2011

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

This appears to by a picture from a magazine cut out and pasted on to card and put in the family photo album.

Friday, 21 January 2011


This photo comes from a Victorian album which looks as if the contents have been 'shared/divided' (probably by inheritance) at some time.  Some of the photos are original cabinet cards or cartes de visite, whereas others are unmounted photos which look like they may be copies from originals.  This photo is one of those unmounted and roughly cut.   The framing may indicate that it is an in memoriam photo, but I'm not sure.  Sadly I do not know who the young lady is.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

a souvenir . . .

for the wedding of King Farouk, 20 January 1938.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

a boy and HIS pedal car . . .

the only problem being his little sister in the driving seat . . .
Another one where the boy looks to be nearing 50, I think it's the haircuts plus the expressions that age them so.
This photo dates from the late 1920s and is in a album which was put together by a lady who was a nurse/nanny to the children.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

a boy and his tricycle . . .

a found photo, sadly with no information, so I don't know who the boy or his mother are, but he does look very pleased with his tricycle.

Monday, 17 January 2011

anniversary . . .

today would be the 108th wedding anniversary of my great granny.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

dressed for winter

This photo has the same studio setting as yesterday's photo and although I didn't realise it at the time, I think they may be mother and daughter (I got the photos from the same seller, studios and postcard format the same in both).

Saturday, 15 January 2011

dressed for winter

Real photo postcard, late Edwardian.

Friday, 14 January 2011

from 1953

I'm presuming this photo is of a street party for the Coronation, June 1953.  Found in amongst a bag of photos from a house clearance (so I don't know who or where they are).

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Edwardian humour . . .

postcard by Bamforth.
My great granny's cottage had a black leaded grate with a surround like the one the husband should be cleaning. 

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

'Good Night'

the matching carte de visite to yesterday's 'Good Morning'.  I wonder what the mood at midday was!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

'Good Morning'

This carte de visite doesn't have the photographer's name or location, but he or she was obviously doing a bit of photoshopping in the darkroom as early as 1880.

Monday, 10 January 2011

The Mayoral plate

A recent find in an antique shop, I bought this large decorative late Victorian plate made by Royal Worcester as I thought it looked interesting and I wasn't altogether sure what it was commemorating or the significance of the people depicted.   It turns out that this Royal Worcester plate was commissioned by Earl Beauchamp in 1896 to commemorate his year as Mayor of Worcester.  The plate shows the Earl and his wife Lady Mary Lydon.  They lived at Madresfield Court near Malvern.  The plates were given to the school children.  The Worcester Porcelain Museum has one, which you can see here

I had heard of Madresfield Court, and vaguely remembered a connection to 'Brideshead Revisited', so googled to find out more about the 7th Earl of Beauchamp, and found this very interesting book review in the Telegraph online.
Anyway I was quite amazed by all the history that was unearthed by looking up something on an old plate.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

a 1949

cover from Selecta, Port Said to Permuta Plastics, Northampton.   The stamps are 17 mills 1949 Exhibition of Agriculture and Industry and 10 mills King Farouk. 

Saturday, 8 January 2011

on the beach

As the snow has gone overnight, the sky is blue and the sun is shining (for the moment), I thought it ideal for a vintage holiday snap.  I'm not sure of the date, 1950s perhaps, they are quite formally dressed, possibly on a day trip.

Friday, 7 January 2011

'le mouli parsmint'

for parsley, mint and other herbs.

Thursday, 6 January 2011


orphaned wedding photo, 1930s (judging by the hats), look closely and you will see the gent on the far right is also at this wedding, where he would appear to be the father of either the groom or bride (not quite sure from the positions).

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Do you know where you're going to . . .

I think they are seated in a railway carriage, although the position of the tables is a little confusing. 1890s.
Photographer: H W Cottrell, 176 Ashted Row, Birmingham.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

the Luna Park . . .

in Heliopolis, (Egypt) opened in 1911 and was the first amusement park in that part of the world.  During WW1 it was used as a hospital,,_Cairo.

This postcard is undated and unused so hard to date, but the history would suggest it dates from about 1912.

Monday, 3 January 2011

a wedding . . .

from the 1920s, this real photo postcard is another orphaned photo.  No names or name/location of the photographer known.  

Sunday, 2 January 2011

just for desserts . . .

these dishes belonged to my great granny.  The design is by Alfred Meakin and I think they date from the 1930s or 1940s.  Granny used to play a lot of whist and she may have won them at a whist drive.  We used them on Christmas day.
Whist is a card game, here's the whist drive definition
When I've been looking through the archives of the local newspaper, whist drives and the winners thereof used to be mentioned regularly as the whist drive was a big part of the village social scene.  It's really nice reading a 1930s newspaper and finding that someone you know won a prize, there used to be a lot of useful/household prizes or cigarettes.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

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