Friday, 30 September 2011

in the back garden . . .

1939, August.  You may recognise two of the people from here.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

a fresh coat of paint . . .

I imagine that is why the windows to this 'new' home are open.  Orphaned snapshot, location unknown, presumed 1930s.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The Little Doctor . . .

"As her temperature's high the poor child has the fever,
But with care I am sure the complaint will soon leave her."

Postally used as a Happy New Year card in Edwardian times (1901-1910) as it has an Edward VII stamp, but I can't make out the year.  This postcard is one of a series, but I only have this one of the set.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

and another . . .

violinist.  This young man has been folded up (not by me I hasten to add) and squeezed into a rather small space in a Victorian album.  The photo probably dates from about 1900 or so.  The album he comes from is English, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to identify him, it's another album extremely short on names.

Monday, 26 September 2011

the violinist

orphaned snapshot, presumed 1930s/1940s.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sunday Stamps - Africa

For this week's theme of Africa, I was a bit spoilt for choice . . . here's what I chose . . .

This cover sent from Egypt to East Germany in 1964 has 7 stamps from the series depicting the flags of the 13 Arab countries - 2nd Arab League Heads of State, issued Sept 1964  . . .

 a few more from that series, (and still not the complete set)
 including another 1964 cover with the Libyan flag (from that series) . . .
 then I 'discovered' another Mother's Day stamp from Egypt  (I didn't see this one when I was looking before) . . .

 and finally an Egyptian postcard sent in 1905 from South Africa to Chicago with an Edward VII Cape of Good Hope stamp.

This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps which you can find here or by clicking on the icon below.
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Saturday, 24 September 2011

the travellers . . .

1939, probably their last holiday for some years to come.

Friday, 23 September 2011


1930s orphaned snapshot. I did wonder if the different fabric in the dresses might indicate a wartime wedding, in which case the date is a bit later.  Those gloves look gauntlet-like.

Thursday, 22 September 2011


This is one of the negatives which I found in the SELOchrome envelope, but it doesn't quite match the other negatives found, this really is the only one that scanned well, the others appear very over-exposed and need 'some attention' to make them viewable.  I like this shot, it seems the lady may be sitting on the child's pushchair (I don't think it's a wheelchair), and obviously it's a bit chilly to be on the beach.  Despite carrying a ton of stuff with them, the little one's not really enjoying things.  Datewise, I think 1920s.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

smelling the roses . . .

the combination of shoes, hats and skirt length all say 1920s.  another orphaned snapshot.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

stylish ladies . . .

I like the shoes (to look at more than wear) and the little suitcase for a handbag.  I don't know who these stylish ladies are, at the moment, but I may find out . . .  Here they may be at the races.

Monday, 19 September 2011

in the distance . . .

. . .
date, identities and location unknown.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Sunday stamps - South America

For this week's theme, here are some 'older' stamps from Argentina . . .

and a George VI stamp from the Falklands.
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Saturday, 17 September 2011

the golfers . . .

enjoying a pint and a smoke . . . and having a good time judging by their smiles.
The photo itself would make me think it's 1920s, but the lady's clothes would make me think around the time of WW2.  So I'm not sure . . .

Friday, 16 September 2011

early steps

Were it not for the car, this photo would really be very difficult to date.  As it is, I think early/mid 1930s.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

the family group

Another snapshot from the same album as yesterday's.  I don't know the link between the two photos.  This one I think the young lady in the centre has her granny on the left, mother on the right.  The boyfriend or fiance is the one behind her, then it's her father on the left and grandfather on the right.   At least I imagine that's how it is.  Possibly 1930s.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

one of my faves . . .

One of my favourites of the backyard photos.  I just love all the detail in this, including the tin bath hanging on the wall.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

the blurry donkey

Maybe the donkey in the studio was real, hence the blurry head.  Taken in Blackpool in 1946, studio unknown.

Monday, 12 September 2011


somewhere in front of the Royal Hotel.  Hope it's still the weather for ices outside where you are.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

on a blustery day . . .

a 'Walking Pictures' snapshot, (by the seaside/promenade/street photographers), maybe in Llandudno, North Wales.  Date, 1930s.

Saturday, 10 September 2011


This envelope with negatives was amongst some orphaned photos.  1930s, I think.
You can read about Selochrome and Ilford here.

Friday, 9 September 2011

the case of the missing sky . . .

Someone was a little too scissor-happy in preparing this photo postcard for an album page.  Whilst I don't think there were any details in the sky to be lost, I think the image would be more whole, were the sky present.  If the name and location of the photographer ever was on the reverse, then that was lost.  There does however remain a clue, the words " Camp 1926" written in that purple-coloured pencil, in common usage at the time.   It looks like the camp is for some kind of military training for boys.  It's a shame their names aren't there.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

memories of a sunny day . . .

a mystery as to the who and the where :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Bon voyage!

probably 1960s, not sure of the destination, nor the airline.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Monte Carlo . . . maybe . . .

Found snapshot 5cm x 8cm.  I can't make out the signs, only that it's French and they look like store signs.  The MC on the back of the car makes me think we might be in Monaco. 1930s or 1940s, I would say.  I love the architecture.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Paris . . . peut-être . . .

Monsieur et Madame Belot
Jeanne et son frère
Found photo, very small snapshot, presumed late 1920s.  The boy is wearing a black armband, suggesting mourning.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

you're feeling sleepy . . .

very sleepy . . . you're at the beach, and it's the 1930s.  Maybe there was something in the bag of sweets (I think it might be a bag of sweets that she is holding).

Saturday, 3 September 2011

a snooze . . .

on deck, the year 1908.  This gent is from the family who went to Venice in 1912.  Here they are somewhere out at sea, maybe the North Sea or the Baltic, as this particular voyage took them to Denmark, Scandinavia and on to St Petersburg.  If I were making that trip in 1908, I don't think I would have been having a nap on deck.

Friday, 2 September 2011


1950s, taken at the seaside, so I think the car is either part of the promenade fun or a photographer's prop.  In any case this boy was having a great time!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

a chat over the garden fence . . .

1940s, somewhere in the Midlands (I think).
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