Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

the named . . . Bunty

another one of those names that isn't heard so much these days.  I remember there being a comic for girls called 'Bunty' (well actually you could read it whatever your name was, just that it was a girls' comic).  Had I looked at this photo not knowing her name, I would never have expected her name to be Bunty.  She doesn't look a Bunty to me.

Monday, 28 November 2011

the named . . . Edith Johnson and Amy Cooper

 Occasionally the orphaned photos have a name (or two) on the back.

Sunday, 27 November 2011


Not much to say on these two postcards really, they are the next two in the album and I'm sure there is a story behind both of the images, particularly the second one, which makes me think of some kind of Peter Rabbit type character in German, but I'm not entirely sure what the story is.

Sunday Stamps

For this week's theme of art on stamps, I have these lovely Russian stamps from 1971 . . .

I don't recognise the artist(s), so please say if you know.

I also have a GB FDC from the British paintings set of 1973, which commemorated the 250th anniversary of the birth of Joshua Reynolds and the 150th anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Raeburn.  Personally I prefer the art on the Russian stamps to this set.

From 1967 set of British paintings, the 4d value of  "Master Lambton" by  Sir Thomas Lawrence, I'm quite disappointed that I don't have the high value for that set as it is "Children coming out of school" by L S Lowry. (There's a picture of it here).

This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps, please check out this week's entries by clicking the icon below.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

"we are very lucky . . ."

Here we are in Blackpool, we're at Gynn Square looking towards the North Shore, and it's some time in the early/mid-1960s.  It's out of season, but the time is right for the Illuminations.  If you need the ladies, go up the steps and turn to the right.  I wonder what the weather was like . . .

Dear Ada,
I think according to the news that we are having better weather than you have been having, as although we have had some dull periods we have not had much rain, so we are very lucky.  We have had quite a lot of sunshine.  It is a bit too nippy to sit on the front, but that is to be expected this time of the year.  Love from all of us, Doris.

Friday, 25 November 2011

the same lady - W.M.

I think this might be the same lady who we've seen looking away (here, here and here).
All of the photos are snaps stuck onto card album pages which are loose, the first 2 photos are on the same page, the third photo (yesterday's picture) is on a different page, but believed to be the same holiday which is in France/Germany/Austria - I'm not entirely sure of their itinery.
Although the pages are loose, they have been 'sorted' according to the type of album page, photos and handwriting (as well as same people).
Today's picture is on another of the pages, and this one is of their visit to Stratford on Avon (birthplace of Shakespeare).
So this may be her . . .

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


The lady who we saw reading here is now sitting with the rest of her travelling party.  She seems somewhat averse to being photographed as once again her face is hidden.  I wonder if she left her gloves behind.

Monday, 21 November 2011


The next two postcards in the album bring us back to a more artistic style.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

fast . . .

found snapshot - dated 1952.
Edit: location now known.
"The little Railway round the Marine Lake, Rhyl."
The train looks rather like the Railway Queen seen here on the Belle Vue Amusement Park website.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Here's Muffin . . .

my mom's Muffin the Mule puppet from when she was little.

You can watch an episode here 
and here (but go on to 1:53 for the show to start).

Unfortunately this Muffin no longer has his strings, so he no longer dances.

Friday, 18 November 2011

What are you reading?

1920s, small photo mounted on card album pages.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

always keep a tight hold of the dog . . .

photo mounted on card album pages, dated 1923.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

there's no place like home (2)

 front and back . . .
and probably freshly painted.
The photos are small snapshots mounted on heavy card album pages, dated early 1920s.  Location of the house unknown.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

the excursion

An orphaned snapshot, I think from the 1930s.  So I have no idea of the reason for their excursion nor their destination.  Having looked at this very closely, there is a pub called the Lord Nelson at the end of the buildings on the right (towards the centre), fairly central is the building with the fancy gable, which may be a meeting house of some kind or a market hall.  There are a couple of adverts, one for Reid's Stout and another for Wall's Ice Cream, none of which give the location away.
Click the image to view larger.

Monday, 14 November 2011

a rather precarious position . . .

for a birthday cake. I can only imagine that the photographer has placed it there to be in the best light and that it will soon be returned to a much safer and more central position on the table.  As for the year, it is 1933, and from another photo of the cake, I know that it is Joyce's birthday.  What I don't know is who Joyce is, although she may well be one of the girls in the other photos on these album pages, I'm not sure which one.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

a postcard from Bournemouth

My dear N,
We arrived safe at Bournemouth it is simply glorious down here, only the two donkeys what you see on the front besides myself and others just been out paddling, a lot of wounded soldiers here
Trusting you are all quite well at Parkfield
Wish you were here how lovely it would be . . .

Sent from Bournemouth to Hallow, Nr Worcester in about 1916/1917 (before the increase in inland postage to 1d).

Saturday, 12 November 2011


The next postcard, La Place du Chateau, Brest, is another slightly out of sync with the majority of cards in the album.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Thursday, 10 November 2011

waiting and hoping . . .

Maybe she sent him a photo just like this one.  I hope he came home.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

waiting for you . . .

A war time photo with words.
"Your strength & courage the Kaiser will rue
Our Army & Navy will see us safe through."

Monday, 7 November 2011


Back to the album brings us on to this postcard, the first one which doesn't really belong and I feel has been added to fill a space.  Nevertheless it's a lovely postcard and takes us to France, to the town of Abbeville (district of the Somme) and in particular to the Rue Saint Vulfran.  The card was sent to England in 1949, although the picture is I would think from before the War.  Part of the message reads,
"Having a lovely time.  This place has had a terrific bombing.  Another card later."

The card was sent by 'Rene and Les' to the the people at the Firemans Arms, a pub in Birkenhead (you can see a picture of it here), but I'm not really sure of the purpose of their trip, but they did send a couple more postcards (which have found their way into my hands).

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Until today . . .

. . . I never had a ViewMaster . . . but now I do . . .

I always thought ViewMasters were red, but obviously that kind of mis-assumption comes from never having one.   :) :)  Anyhow I'm off to watch the Coronation now ;).

Sunday Stamps

For today's free theme, I'm back in the DDR . . .  well actually back in Germany before it was divided into East and West, and I'm revisiting the Moritzburg Hunting Castle, near Dresden.  After posting a stamp featuring this Castle (in Oct 9 Sunday Stamps), I found that I have a postcard from 1937 with a lovely aerial view of the Castle . . .
Sent to England in May 1937, here's the stamp with a Dresden 'Millionen Blumen' (million flowers) cancellation.
Below is the 1960s DDR stamp I posted last month which featured the Castle.

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

revisiting Alex . . .

Alexandria, Egypt.

Friday, 4 November 2011

you watch it on tv . . .

and then you get the books . . . or you did back in the 1970s/80s.

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