Thursday, 31 March 2011

the third man . . .

. . . a picnic in Edwardian times.  This group definitely arranged their poses for the camera, the photographer most likely being the third man in the group.  Photo mounted on card, no details, presumed European.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

No.s 1 - 3

Inside the album.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

collected . . .

this set of cigarette cards (you would have got one in each packet of Woodbines) was collected by my Grandad, the set dates from 1937.  This is the album cover.
Edit:  there were 50 cards in this set, the idea being you collect them all and buy the album to stick them in.  I think that each set ran for a certain amount of time, (though I don't know how long that was), and the sets would have been issued one after the other.  Different brands of cigarettes issued different cards/sets. 

Monday, 28 March 2011


from the 1920s, 1920s (ladies') shoes always look so stylish.
This orphaned photo is another find, and although they are very smartly dressed, I am a little concerned about what looks like a broken window pane (to the right of the lady's hat).

Sunday, 27 March 2011

back in January of '42 . . .

"Taken at Giza - Cairo in
 January '42 in front of the
pyramid of Cheops and Sphinx.
in Lf: foreground the temple of Ra."

I am always so pleased to find old photos of Egypt so this was a happy find, even though it is a bit tatty round the edges.  I wish the guys had written their names on the reverse too.  They were obviously enjoying some leave with a spot of sightseeing.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Tokyo Station

the last of the Japanese postcards which I recently bought.  They are all unused, but this one definitely looks 1950s.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Don't do it !

Written on the reverse, "Les" and then "Reading   150m".  I have no idea of the significance of the 150m, unless it is something to do with his location along the river path (I think it is the river and not the canal).  Date, 1930s.
He looks about to get into the water, maybe something to do with his fishing.

Despite having spent a few years in Reading (back in the '80s), I have no idea where, in relation to the town centre, this stretch of the river is.  The bridges make me think that it is somewhere near the train station but it has probably been redeveloped many times since this photo.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

the guard . . .

another of the orphaned photos, my first thought was that this is at Edinburgh Castle, but I don't know if they have guards there, otherwise I'm thinking Windsor Castle, but I don't know for sure.  This bundle of photos has quite a few castles and after some considerable time googling and flickr-ing, I realised how difficult it is to identify castles that you personally have never visited and how many castles there are.  Date - I would think 1960s.  I like the detail of the lady just caught in the frame with her headscarf draped over her handbag.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Lucky Lady

probably bought for a cardigan.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

pins and needles . . .

from the 1960s, my mom's needle case, when I was little I used to think the girl on the cover could be me :).

Monday, 21 March 2011

1950s futuristic . . .

I spent some time this morning trying to identify this postcard, I'm wondering if it is the tv tower in Tokyo which was completed in the late 1950s.  Any ideas?
Like yesterday's it hasn't been postally used.

Sunday, 20 March 2011


This postcard of Kobe, Japan, hasn't been postally used, the seller has pencilled c1950 on the reverse, but I think it might be 1930s.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

"Just a little bite!"

This Lilian Rowles postcard was sent from Vancouver, British Columbia to Finchley, London in June 1938.

Edit: postage, it has a 3 cents, red, George VI stamp and a machine cancellation with the slogan 'Observe Sunday'.   No airmail label.

Friday, 18 March 2011

a moody day . . .

in Blackpool, with the lifeboats visible on the right.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

sweet . . .

this little recipe booklet dates from the 1950s and features recipes for old-fashioned puddings all using tins of Nestle condensed milk.  You can have cornflour pie, bread and butter pudding (I've made this many times but not with condensed milk), apple batter, magic eve's pudding, apricot rice meringue, milk puddings, lemon meringue pudding, creamy semolina or queen of puddings.
(it doesn't mention calories anywhere).

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

the sailor and his bride . . .

"This is Doni & husband
Mr & Mrs P G Brown"

The third of the 1930s photos from America found in bundle of orphaned photos.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

the mother and the bride

"here I am taken with Jack's wife Emily"

Monday, 14 March 2011

from overseas . . .

When you get a bundle of old photos (up to the 1930s/40s), there are often one or two that look like they are from the relatives who emmigrated to the US in years gone by.  This photo has 'Florence and George' written on the reverse, and I would say is 1930s, but more than that I cannot say.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

and then there's the question of . . .

. . . what to do once you're there, especially if you've forgotten your book. 
This snapshot obviously dates from the time when deckchairs were strictly one per family (and I hate to say this, but yes there was a time when we had one deckchair, just like that, very good for trapping fingers).

Saturday, 12 March 2011

the get-away-from-it-all holiday

undated but presumed to be late 1950s (maybe early 1960s).  Unknown location.  For me this shot being out of focus just adds to creating the ambience of a caravan-ing holiday at that time, it was bound to be windy and looks remote, possibly on cliffs not far from the sea, and I'm wondering about the absence of cars, in fact it looks like just a footpath to reach the caravans.  And not a real toilet in sight.

Friday, 11 March 2011

travel through time and space . . .

dated on the reverse 1953.  Possibly at Blackpool.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

I want to believe . . .

At first glance, this would appear to be just a photo of guests waiting for the wedding, although the chap in the centre seems to have misjudged the weather (and overcoat size), however looking closer, the car in the background caught my eye . . .

Could that really be UFO 666!!!

(Actually I think it might be UPO 686, but for a moment there it was an interesting thought . . .)

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

when taking photos in the park . . .

. . . always look out for speeding benches.

1950s found photo, location unknown.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Union Chapel, Manchester 1909

A quick google reveals that Union Chapel still exists, though it doesn't look like this any more.

Posted in Wolverhampton in August 1909, Miss A Gobourn is Ada, who would have been aged 20 at the time.  She went on to marry a William Rowley in 1915.  Marion's identity does for now remain a mystery, she's not a sibling as far as I can tell, so obviously a friend who gave Ada the nickname 'Go'.
As the card is mailed from Wolverhampton to another address in Wolverhampton, I wonder if postcards of Manchester were for sale all over the country or whether Marion had visited Manchester.

Monday, 7 March 2011

a gentle thought for a Monday . . .

kittens . . . these two were the offspring of my mom's Auntie's cat.  Apparently the mother cat in question was an outdoor cat (as most cats were at that time) and not very friendly, in fact couldn't be touched.  My mom tells me the mother cat was a 'fitchy' (ie dark tortoise shell) colour and the kittens ginger and white.
Edit: this photo is 1950s, so that is a long time ago in cat generations.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Belle Avenue, Braddock, PA

Something in this postcard caught my eye a few days ago, I like the tram lines and the starkness of the view and the almost symmetrical scene.  Not having heard of Braddock, I googled and found that Braddock was the location of Andrew Carnegie's first public library (dedicated March 1889) in the US and I wondered if the building on the right was the library.  Searching for an image of Belle Avenue in 1909 (when the postcard was sent), I think that it is actually the Belle Avenue High School which you can see here (scroll down to the second image which I think is a good likeness).

The postcard was sent in Nov 1909 from 'Uncle Harry' who had visited Chicago, was currently in Pittsburg and on his way to Niagara.  That must have been quite a journey in 1909.  
A bit of digging . . . .Uncle Harry was Harry Scopes, 'an inspection engineer' so maybe he was connected with the steel industry.  'Master Dickson', the recipient of the postcard, was his nephew Augustus William, born in 1904 and named after his grandfather (Harry's father).  His mother, Helen was Harry's sister.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

horse play

I haven't been to Dartmoor, but I imagine this is a scene which is seen no more.
Postcard sent in 1959.

Friday, 4 March 2011

the flip side . . .

of the Libby's atlas, the pork and beans and the tomato juice were packed in Canada.  It's interesting that back then we called 'Tomato Ketchup' 'Tomato Catchup'.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

World Book Day

According to the radio, today is World Book Day, so it seems appropriate for a book of the world . . .
This atlas probably dates from the 1920s, from the names of the countries it appears to be post WW1, and it was probably my grandad's.  I wonder how many Libby's cans they had to consume to get this, or was the atlas a freebie with some other purchase.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

a first day (well only a day late)

from 1 March 1978
the stamps feature British Architecture - Historic Buildings
9p Tower of London; 10½ p  Holyrood house; 11p Caernarvon Castle; 13p Hampton Court.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Daffodils . . .

We don't have any daffodils anywhere near out yet, so these are from the 1940s.
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