Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Get well soon!

I think this is the same little girl from Sunday's photo.
I liked this shot, the perspective, the 1940s/50s cars in the background, the unexplained markings (alien fingerprints?) on the edge of the sky, but it got even better when I read the other side.  
Maybe that explains why no one else was nearby.

Monday, 30 January 2012

a soft spot in the universe . . .

. . . where a parallel universe infringes upon our own, an alien abduction, spirit photography or just where two worlds collide . . .  who knows!
Of course it could just be a 1950s picnic somewhere in the UK.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

a helping hand . . .

. . . is never far away.
Found snapshot, presumed 1940s.

Saturday, 28 January 2012


D’une longue et pénible absence,
Un baiser sera la récompense.

Once again we meet our enamoured young man and his maybe not so enthusiastic sweetheart.

Friday, 27 January 2012

'Uncle Jack'

There was never anything 'milquetoast' about Uncle Jack.
I don't know what the frame is that he's holding, nor how he got on the wall, or how the dog got up on the wall for that matter.
Found snapshot, maybe 1930s.  'Uncle Jack' is written on the reverse.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Could he have been a matinée idol?

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).

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

here he is again . . .

he does look a nice dog :)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

More tricks . . .

The dog may have been called 'Patch'.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Post your films to Mr Rose . . .

Advert from 1923.  Will R Rose must have been the forerunner of all those film developing companies to whom you just sent your films off in the mail.

Saturday, 21 January 2012


Après une absence cruelle,
Je te retrouve encore plus belle.
and the French is written in Esperanto on the reverse of the postcard.
Dated 10 March 1943.

Friday, 20 January 2012

in sepia . . .

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.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Where did they sit?

Maybe they just didn't watch much telly?
Found snapshot, presumed 1960s.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Boulaq Bridge

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.
Here's a link to a brilliant site, scroll right down to the last but one title to find  Samir Raafat's article on the Boulaq Bridge.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

"Eat up . . .

. .. and you'll grow into a big, strong lad!"
Even so it does seem a lot of toast for one little boy!  I would think he's staying at his grandparent's and the fried breakfast is yet to arrive.   The best of days.
Found snapshot, mid 1960s.

Monday, 16 January 2012

whatever the year, potatoes will always need peeling . . .

 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).

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Sir Francis Drake

his statue, in Plymouth.  1930s photo.
Here's the wiki link for Sir Francis Drake.  At first I thought this was the same statue as shown there in Tavistock, Devon, but the base is different. Here's a link to an image of the statue in Plymouth.

Sunday Stamps

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.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 14 January 2012


Au revoir

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.

Friday, 13 January 2012

ship ahoy!

Found snapshot of an unknown vessel, probably somewhere off the British Isles.  Date maybe late 1920s or early 1930s.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

"SS Johann de Witt"

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).

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Breakfast (2)

The companion photo to yesterday's image.  Early 1920s, thin paper stuck on card album pages.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Breakfast . . .

on deck, somewhere on the Mediterranean in the early 1920s.  Photo is quite small and on thin paper stuck on card album pages.  I hope she didn't lose her breakfast plate overboard.

Monday, 9 January 2012

a checked dress

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.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A Birthday postcard

given to Florrie Payne, c1914 I would think, although it hasn't been sent through the mail so no stamp and date.  I rather like the idea of postcards instead of cards for birthdays and other occasions.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Lisbon (2)

Another c1950 image of Lisbon from a scanned negative.

Friday, 6 January 2012


this is one of the 160+ negatives that I recently finished scanning.  For the most part the negatives are documented and this is Lisbon (Portugal) in 1951.  The lady who took this photo was on a cruise.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

A wintery day in Paris . . .

a stroll along the Seine and browsing at the bookstalls.  Postcard sent from Paris to Wales in 1949.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Je vous aime pour toute l’éternité,
L‘automne, le printemps, l’hiver, l’été.

ahhh, the seasons of love, the postcards in this little album never stray far from romance.
Even in these muted tones, the chap here does look to be wearing lipstick.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

living on the edge . . .

. .  . 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.

Monday, 2 January 2012

the resolution . . .

Found photo, presumed 1960s.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

"D'you want it past-ur-eyes-ed, cos past-ur-eyes-ed is best?"

"She said, Ernie, I'll be happy if it comes up to me chest. . . "

Found photos of a dairy/milk processing plant somewhere in the UK in the 1950s.
The second image shows the crates of sterilized milk in the taller bottles with metal tops.

Sunday Stamps - New Beginnings

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.

Here's the wiki page link.
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.

Here's a link to the Pathe news clip on the abdication of King Farouk.

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

Happy New Year and thanks for visiting.
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