This photo comes from the same pocket albums as the snaps of 'Patch'.
I'd date these snaps as being late 1920s and noticed that this man's 'look' is a kind of similar look to the male figures on the wartime romantic postcards, like this one, (of course the wartime man is in uniform, but there is a similar look I think).
c1940 commercially produced snapshot. These photos measure (roughly) 9cm x 6cm and were sold to tourists and the troops over in Egypt at the time. When I zoomed in on this photo, the small group of people walking away from the Pyramid look to be troops.
in Cairo joins the island of Zamalek to Boulaq, or at least it did until 1998 when it was taken down, a new bridge and flyover having been built above it. It used to be rumoured that the original Boulaq Bridge was built by Monsieur Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower fame) and that he committed suicide when it failed to open. However that was just a rumour. The Boulaq Bridge would have been 'celebrating' 100 years since it's opening in July this year. It's a shame it's no longer there.
the exact year in this case is one of the unanswerables, but I think it might well be late 1920s, possibly early 1930s. I don't know who the girls are either, but I have an idea as to why they are sitting in the middle of a field peeling potatoes, and that is that this is one of the camping trip/boating holiday photos of which there are quite a number in this particular lot.
But what might be more of mystery is the message written on the reverse of the sister photo to the one shown (same shot but the girls are looking at the camera).
One possible explanation is that the note was written some years later in war time, the curtains were black out curtains and the photo in question was already considered suitable for writing reminders on. Acocks Green is in the Birmingham area (in case you're wondering).
For this week's theme of food, I have chosen a cover with a food connection. Issued in 1990 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Penny Black, this cover was issued by Branston Pickle. I imagine that we saved labels to send for this, although I don't remember exactly.
And on a different note, I am also posting this cover for the simple fact that there's a date connection (and usually I miss these). January 15 1969 was the date of issue for the set British Ships and this cover features the Cutty Sark and was posted (or at least cancelled) on board .
I am participating in Viridian's Sunday Stamps, you can find this week's entries by clicking on the icon below.
The romance continues with a pretty tinted postcard, 1940s, sent from Italy.
Please note I am having problems with blogger, pages load and don't scroll, or just a blank white page. So if I disappear or don't post that is why. I am looking for a solution as it is getting worse. So it isn't really 'au revoir'.
Edit: it seems to be an issue with internet explorer so I am trying google chrome and can get to the blogs I couldn't before.
I'm not sure if the ladies we saw breakfasting on deck were on board the Johann de Witt (and therefore would have needed to disembark in Algiers to take this photo) , or saw it from their ship, but this photo is next to the those previously posted. This would have been early 1920s and possibly en route to Suez.
You can read about the Johan de Witt here (scroll down the page).
This photo was taken at the Vandyke Studios (probably in the Birmingham area) and has the date stamped on the reverse 15 July 1934. I don't know who she was, but she must have made an impression taking her alsation to the photographer's.
. . . at least only temporarily for these campers. They do seem a little close to the edge of the cliff though. This found snapshot dates from the 1920s/ possibly early '30s, and I think it's a school camping trip (as there are quite a lot of camping photos together) somewhere in the UK.
For this week's theme of new beginnings, I'm posting the fdc and mini sheet which were issued by Egypt when King Farouk was still on the throne to commemorate the birth of his only son and heir, Prince Ahmed Fouad, who was born on January 16th 1952.
The stamps were issued on 6 May 1952. On 23 July 1952 King Farouk was forced to abdicate and went into exile in Italy with his family. A Regency with his infant son as King existed from 26 July 1952 until 18 June 1953, when Egypt became a Republic.