Monday, 31 October 2011

masks . . .

date, I'm thinking 1950s, anything else - who knows! ;)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

"Have you tried the Marcovitch M L?"

Maybe the cigarette smokers of yesterday's photo were smoking a Marcovitch. 
This ad comes from the ealy 1920s.

Sunday Stamps

For today's theme of Australia and New Zealand, I have 2 covers . . .

Firstly this one posted in Sydney in 1932 with a George V penny stamp and slogan postmark.

I  thought the 'POSTED IN PILLAR BOX' cancellation interesting, I'm not sure why that would have been noteworthy, maybe at the time most letters were posted at a Post Office, and they wanted to promote pillar boxes, but I really don't know the reason.  A bit of googling and it seems there was a series of these Pillarbox slogans, some of which are listed in this thread.

Then on to the postcard from New Zealand.

I hope no one was hurt and that no one was too disappointed.
You can read a little bit about it here - scroll down to 1965 October 16.

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

the smokers

three unidentified smokers.  These three chaps obviously just popped out for a quiet smoke away from the womenfolk and what do you know, there's a photographer lurking around the herbaceous border.
Location unknown, date presumed just before WW1.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Happy Birthday! 1 Year old today!!

'An Assortment of Old Stuff' is celebrating its first birthday today!
Thanks for your visits and comments.  I'll save you all a slice of cake ;)
In case you are wondering, the birthday card is one I received on my 1st birthday . . . ahhhh . . . and not that long ago at all really ;).

Thursday, 27 October 2011

sunny days . . .

in the mid-1970s (but not quite the year of the very hot summer), showing the Lido at Cliftonville.  This was sent to us (as a family) by Mrs Green, a neighbour who lived next door but one.  Although I haven't purposefully saved postcards we received back then, it's nice to come across a few which have somehow got in with a pile of other papers and cards, and remember the people who sent them.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

POŜTKARTOJ (6) & (7)

I've posted these two tinted postcards together as they just belong together :)
Sent in 1943 from Italy to England.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

a boy and his grandad . . .

1930s abandoned snapshots.

Monday, 24 October 2011

afternoon tea

I don't think we've had afternoon tea with Ellen Lloyd yet.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

. . .

I like to think this is a moment captured, rather than a posed shot. 

Saturday, 22 October 2011


The 5th card in the album continues the theme of pink and cute.

Friday, 21 October 2011


Norah had very neat handwriting and she strikes me as being a very thoughtful and conscientious girl.  She may have been a bit of a worrier.  The studio decor seems to date from an earlier time than her clothes might suggest.  The rustic 'fence' or seat is often on photos from the 1890s into the 1900s, maybe the studio was little 'old fashioned' for the time.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

sisters . . .

This rppc comes from the same 'lot' as yesterday's picture, there are some connections between some of the photos, but I haven't established if they all belong together.  I have been looking to see if these girls appear in any of the other photos, but haven't found them so far.  I think this photo dates from around 1912 or so, maybe a little later on during the war years.   They seem quite smartly dressed and I wonder if they are going to church or visiting, and it could well be about this time of year.   I love their boots, probably not the most comfortable footwear and I imagine they may have been quite loathed at the time, what with the polishing and all those buttons to do up and everyone had the same.  It set me wondering when did people stop wearing them,  they are seen a lot in Edwardian times (that takes us up to 1910) and probably were worn up to and during the first World War.   But I don't really know if we see those boots after WW1. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

a boy and his dog . . .

you can tell these two are best friends, though both appear somewhat preoccupied with something going on just off camera.  I'd date this rppc as c1910, I think that's about the time these outfits were popular.  Although not postally used, we are informed on the reverse that,

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


Continuing with the postcards in the album, this is the 4th card, sent from Italy to England in 1943.  Possibly intended for the sender's daughter.

Monday, 17 October 2011

there's no place like home . . .

This (presumed) 1920s postcard of Compton Wynyates, in Warwickshire, is one I bought years and years before I ever started collecting/accumulating old stuff.  Simply because I liked it.
You can read bout Compton Wynyates, which is still a private house, on wiki here.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday Stamps

For today's theme of Asia, I've chosen stamps from Persia/Iran.

Firstly these stamps commemorate the Royal wedding in March 1939 of the Crown Prince of Iran (who later became the Shah) to Princess Fawzia of Egypt (the sister of King Farouk). 

You can see the Pathe News clip here.
This was Mohammed Reza's first marriage, but sadly the couple were not happy and divorced in November of 1948.
These stamps also show the Shah and date from the 1950s and 1960s.

Finally these earlier stamps are of his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi and date from the 1930s.

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

having fun . . .

in sailor's hats, well they actually look a bit like 'kiss me quick' hats, but I haven't been able to read the slogans. :)

Edit: the 'Kiss me quick' hat was once very much part of the seaside tradition, ie. you'd buy one at the seaside, and the hat was often like a sailor's hat.  I had a look on google but the images I found for the more modern 'kiss me quick' hats were like little black trilby hats.
The girl's hat (on the right) reads ____ BY ME.  Maybe 'stand by me'.

Friday, 14 October 2011

keep on walking . . .

we're still in Blackpool, but we may now be in the 1950s (or even the early 1960s).  How I know we're in Blackpool is that you can see Louis Tussauds (the Blackpool waxworks) in the background.  The chap in the front looks like he may have been working as conductor on the trams given his little shoulder bag, and I like his enamel tea can for breaks.
Here's the wiki link on Louis Tussauds and check out here to see a panorama of the street. (It looks like the panorama is from a couple of years ago as Louis Tussauds has now closed and reopened as Madame Tussauds).
I visited Louis Tussauds on a trip to Blackpool in the 1970s, I don't remember if I bought a guide book, probably not, or if I did it is long since gone, but I do remember it had an over 18 only section, which had lots of biological waxworks with diseased or deformed body parts (which of course I was too young to view).  

Thursday, 13 October 2011

So much fun!

I absolutely love this pair of snapshots taken in Blackpool, they are just having so much fun.  I presume it's the late 1920s, maybe into the early 1930s.  I'm not sure which ride they are standing in front of on the 2nd snap.  I could do with a 1930s guide to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

on the road . . .

possibly the end of the camping trip, judging by the body language that is.
Date-wise, I think we're into the 1960s.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


" . . . ore ni attacco muoio"

Roughly translated this seems to mean, 'the hours apart won't destroy our attachment' or something like that, which is the general drift of a lot of these romantic postcards.  This one is dated 28.2.43.
The lady in this reminds me a little of Eva Peron.
This is the 3rd postcard in the album, it begins here.

Monday, 10 October 2011

someone's best friend . . .

"Just put the camera down and lets get on with the walk", or something like that.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sunday Stamps - Europe (2)

For this week's Europe theme, I've chosen the DDR (East Germany) and Berlin - East and West . . .
This first postcard dates from 1966 (I think 90%+ of postcards from the DDR were in black and white) and is from Schwarzburg in the 'Thüringer Wald'  (forest) and the stamp (below) commemorates 20 years of the SED (Socialist Unity Party).

The next postcard is from Lubmin (wiki link) a coastal resort which seems to have become home to the DDR's largest nuclear power plant.  As this postcard dates from 1968, then it's from the days before the nuclear plant existed.  It's a place you may have visited to convalesce.

The stamps are 10 pfennig showing Walter Ulbricht, who was head of the DDR at that time, and the Moritzburg Castle, near Dresden.

Moving on 20 years, I visited Berlin, West and East, in the mid 1980s.  This is a postcard I sent from East Berlin, which seems to have got a bit torn en route.  I remember watching a changing of the guard with rather a lot of goose-stepping outside this building on Unter den Linden, the building is/was the 'Memorial for the victims of fascism and militarism'.

 and the stamps . . .

This last postcard was one I sent from West Berlin, which you can see travelled much more safely . . .

I can only think I had taken stamps with me (from West Germany) as otherwise I would have had a stamp for Berlin post and the one I used is just a regular Deutsche Bundespost stamp.
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Saturday, 8 October 2011

happy birthday . . .

1930s birthday postcard.

Friday, 7 October 2011


The second postcard in the album.  Italian in origin and manufactured date 1942.
You can see the first postcard which is very similar to this one, here.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

colourful . . .

ladies with a parasol, deckchairs and a golf club . . . your guess is as good as mine . . . :)
though I'd go for early 1930s from their attire . . .

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

If . . .

however, you waited a few years and it was now the early '70s, your snapshots may have been presented in this envelope . . .  and by this time, we were using 'new' money too.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

If . . .

you had a film developed by Boots (the chemist) in the 1960s, your photos and negatives may have been given to you in a sleeve like this . . .

Monday, 3 October 2011


This is the first postcard in a small album entitled 'POŜTKARTOJ' which I have since found out is Esperanto for postcards.  This particular postcard is Italian.  Most of the postcards in the album have a romantic theme, a few are dated (mainly 1943), a few have a few words (also in Esperanto), but most remain unsigned and if they were sent through the mail, then it was in an envelope.  There are also a few postcards which have been sent through the mail and are not written in Esperanto, so they may or may not be connected.  In any case it is rather like finding oneself in the middle of a love story, albeit 60-70 years ago and one belonging to someone else. 

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Sunday Stamps - Europe

For this week's theme, 2 fdc's from France:
 This first one dates from 30 April 1966 and celebrates the Millenary of Mont St. Michel.

The second fdc dates from 14 Oct 1972 and is part of a series on French art, you can read about 'Le Maitre de Moulins' here on wiki.

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