Monday, 28 February 2011


the lady from yesterday's image, with her sister (I think).  Don't they look happy and glamorous!  Again 1940s.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

walking out . . .

I like this photo, it's a flea market find from a bundle of photos from a house clearance.  1940s I think, based on other photos I know the lady's name, but I don't know anything about her life.   I think the photo is in Blackpool, those might be tram lines behind where they are standing.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

a souvenir

A souvenir from the International Exhibition Kimberley (South Africa) in 1892.
If I were a Victorian tourist in another life I would have bought souvenirs like this.  Again it is missing a saucer (the cup from Blackpool was too, infact thinking about it they may well have been owned by the same person, who obviously wasn't very careful with saucers, or maybe they had a cat).
The Rush for diamonds seem to have been the attraction in Kimberley, I didn't find any good info on the Exhibition itself, but this site shows Old Kimberley town.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Thos Miller, Wellingborough

I don't have any Victorian mourning photos, but I thought the reverse of this carte de visite interesting, you can read it as an ad saying that the studio will make copies/enlargements of your existing photos of family members now deceased, but then I thought it could also be read that the studio would undertake death photos. 
Here is the front of the photo, a portrait I find a little strange, the look and I don't know if he is wearing some kind of uniform, but he is alive.

26 Feb edit:  I think I have a mourning photo, I'll scan it and post on my flickr sometime this weekend.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

orphaned and re-found . . .

These cdv are from a small album I bought recently.  This particular album I suspect is not with its original photos, as there doesn't appear to be any continuity in either the people in the photos, the date range or the locations.  I would think 'Lizzie Ireen' is the baby, though impossible to trace without some more information.

I really like the designs of the backmarks, but I wish they had recorded name and date in addition to their reference number.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

almost daffodil time . . .

it looks like this house would have had a beautiful display of daffodils along the driveway to compliment what looks like a beautiful house.  I don't know the location, but it may well be somewhere in Wales as the other photos in the bundle have a Welsh connection.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Waiting for a bus . . .

a scanned in negative from the 1960s holiday in Spain photos.  I don't know who the girls are.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Today's picture . . .

is prompted by the news stories coming from North Africa.  My grandad, standing on the right of this photo, drove trucks across North Africa in WW2.  Places mentioned being Egypt, Benghazi, Tripoli and I think Tunis too.  This photo, as far as I know, is taken in Sicily.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

waiting for the soup . . .

these wedding guests can have a smoke between courses, notice the cigarettes arranged nicely in the centre of the table.  The daffodils in the flower arrangement suggest a spring wedding.  Late 1950s, maybe even 1960.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

The Welsh Ladies

postcard sent in 1906.

Friday, 18 February 2011

As promised yesterday . . .

I would think that the photo was taken to document the growth of the hollyhock in the dirt, so the water butt is an added bonus.  The cottage stood end on to the road so that the front and the garden were south facing, so this hollyhock is enjoying the morning sun against this wall.  This would have been in the 1940s at a time when the mains water was not connected and a well in the garden was the source of water for the cottage, along with water butts, there would have been one at the top end of the cottage and probably more near the chicken shed.  Although rural, it is not that rural (being only about 10 miles south of the suburbs of Birmingham) and I think it wasn't until the 1950s that they got connected to the main water supply.  The other day I was reading a local newspaper from 1912 and it mentioned in there that connecting the village to the water mains was under discussion, obviously it took a while longer to get the lanes connected.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

family pets

I can't believe this photo (well negative) has been with us for above 20 years and has only been seen today.  Rediscovered amongst some negatives that came from my mom's auntie, it is of mom's cousin and his dog Rover, (imaginative I know) and we think dates from about 1950.  How it has been missed out, I don't know, but a few more previously unseen (either as snapshots or negatives) were also discovered, and I bet you can't wait for the hollyhock by the water butt :).

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

an album page

the front page of a late Victorian/Edwardian photo album.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

pampered . . .

This little fellow was obviously sufficiently well-behaved to pose by himself at the photographer's studio, presumed 1870s/80s.

Monday, 14 February 2011

wash day

This postcard was sent in 1941, which is late I think compared with the dates I have on other postcards in this style, so it might be that due to the war, postcards from collections were being used.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

"I say, is that an aspidistra?"

"No, it's a dog."

I imagine the lady was at a family gathering, maybe a wedding, as there are several photos in the album taken in the same part of the back yard and everyone is quite dressed up for the occasion.  Obviously the dog got in on this shot too.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Sepia Saturday - Working men

This unmounted photo is from an album I bought some months ago, undated, presumed c1900.  I imagine the men shown to be from the same family, a father and his sons, and based on the other photos/photographers in the album they live in the Black Country (West Midlands).  They look as if they would work in one of the heavy industries in that area and may well have worked in the chain making industry.  It would have been heavy, hard work, long hours, probably for little pay. 
I have found in my own family research that I had relatives working and living in that area at that time, so although these are not my family, no doubt my relatives would have worked and lived and dressed the same way and probably looked similar to this.

This post is part of Sepia Saturday, do check out the other entires here - Sepia Saturday #61.

Friday, 11 February 2011

11 February . . .

Egypt is celebrating the birth of a new era, a new Republic.

11th February is also the birthday of King Farouk, I was thinking from last night (while waiting to hear the speech of Mubarak on tv) that it would be quite uncanny if the new Republic were born on the birthday of King Farouk.
The above stamp was one of a set of 4 values issued in 1929 to commemorate the 9th birthday of the Prince.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

A boy and his best friend . . .

Whenever I look at this photo, I always think the boy is standing on the dog, then I think 'No he's not, he's standing on a sheep.'  Actually it's not that either though he may be on a sheepskin covered stool.  Anyway his dog looks very smiley and kind.
I don't know any details of the who or (exactly) when, but it's a lovely informal portrait for the time.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

and the black cat makes three . . .

a found photo, 1950s.
(a different backyard and a different lot of photos to the cat photos previously blogged).

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

blurred memories . . .

He may be out of focus, but I'm sure he was a much loved fellow in his time.  Maybe something caught his attention just as the shutter clicked, as there seems a bit of motion blur too, also one paw is raised as if he was just about to do something else. I like his symmetrical black armbands. 

Monday, 7 February 2011

much loved . . .

I'm sure these two were much loved by their humans.  This photo comes from the same lot as yesterday's image.  As the photos are different - sepia to black and white and by size, I would say this one is later, so I'm not sure if the handsome fellow at the front is the one in the first photo, it could be him a few years on.   The shot could well be the other end of the back yard.  They both look treasured.

Edit: I've had a closer look, and it looks like there is grass growing up between the slabs and that is under his paw, the lighter part looks like a difference in colour of the slabs.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

whatever you do . . .

. . . don't let the cat see the rabbit!
From the 1940s I think, a found photo so I don't know who they are.  It's a shame that the smartly dressed man on the right, didn't make it fully into the picture.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Sepia Saturday - 'La voiture de monsieur hartman'

This carte de visite comes from an album of (mainly) French photos, the photographer is Ferret of Nice.  While it is not dated, another photo of Monsieur Hartman is dated 1867, so I assume it is also from that time.  Monsieur Hartman is the gent seated in the rear of the carriage.
"La voiture de monsieur hartman avec lui madame pacha madame slumberd et monsieur."

This is my first Sepia Saturday posting, do check out more here.

Friday, 4 February 2011

- 100 -

For my 100th post on this blog, a 100 mills airmail stamp, 1933.
There used to be a poster of the 5 mills brown version of this stamp, I never got one and wish I had.

Thursday, 3 February 2011


postcard, postally used in 1913.

Edit:  here's a link to the history of the Welsh ladies' hats.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

King Tut

I didn't get to see the Tutankhamun exhibition when it visited London in 1972, though I remember seeing it on Blue Peter.  I have been fortunate to see the collection in Cairo (many years later).

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

. . .

. . .this boy certainly had some great toys, but the rocking horse doesn't look like a favourite.
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