Wednesday, 29 February 2012

a hop, a skip and a leap . . . .

a school sports day, presumed mid-1930s.

I don't know the names of any of the girls, but the one whose family photos these pictures come from is third from the right in the second photo.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Breezy Blackpool

For today some Blackpool views.  The above postcard was sent on 14 August 1951 to Lil, Bill, Gladys & Sid, who lived in Leyton, London, from Peg & Jack.  Peg & Jack were having a good time but the weather could have been better.  They were hoping it would improve.
The next postcard sent on 15 August 1949 has more of a 'story' . . .
Hello Alberst,
This is a pretty place we went in the tower yesterday. Wenday we went to Burnley to see where Fred was born.   We arrived August 7th this is the 13th so we have 2 more week’s here yet,
Mrs Greenwood

and was sent to Albert Randle Jr__
                        211 Kenyon Ave,

Mrs Greenwood was May and Fred was her husband.  I found them leaving the UK on 1st October 1949, sailing from Liverpool to Boston aboard the Nova Scotia.  So obviously they had a few more weeks in the UK after Blackpool, and they gave their last UK address as 17, Marlborough Rd, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire.
The 1935 Rhode Island State Census shows the Greenwoods living at 78 Greene St, Pawtucket.  Frederick and May were both born in England, Frederick's date of birth is given as 24 December 1890, and May's 1 May 1890.  Married some time between 1910 and 1915, they appear to have emigrated separately, May in 1903 and Fred in 1906 (according to the US census).  It looks like the Greenwoods may have retired to Florida, as May died aged 81 in Florida on 28 August 1971 and Fred aged 89 on 7 March 1978.

As for Albert Randle he was also born in England, in 1896, and in 1901 he lived in Curzon Street, Wolverhampton with his parents, Albert J and Caroline Randle.  They emigrated later that year, sailing on 15 August 1901 on the SS Commonwealth from Liverpool to Boston.  On the 1935 Rhode Island census the Randle family are already living at 211 Kenyon Avenue, Pawtucket, the address on the postcard.  Albert (the son) obviously had some longevity in his genes as he lived to be 92.  

I have been wondering if Albert ever received the postcard as it has somehow made its way back to England (where I found it in amongst an album of odd cards and photos), so maybe it never left in the first place.  But if he did receive it, and I would like to think he did, then did he look at the date stamp of 15 August 1949 and think that was 48 years since he set sail from Liverpool for his new life.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Now hold that chicken tight . . .

From the same snaps album as yesterday's photo.  Presumed 1930s.

She's also here.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Happiness . . .

. . . is an armchair (or two) in the garden.
At first I thought it was a settee in the garden, but it is actually two armchairs pushed together. How they were going to get it through that back door, I don't know.  But they do look happy.

Sunday Stamps

For this week's free theme, I've chosen a couple of Egyptian stamps, both from 1959, which show buildings on Tahrir Square, which has been the focal point of any news reports coming out of Cairo for the last 13 months.
The first is an FDC for the Nile Hilton Hotel.  The hotel stands where the British Barracks once stood, the front of the hotel  looks onto the Nile and the Corniche Road, the back is onto Tahrir Square and just along from the Egyptian Museum.   I saw in some news pictures that the sign on the hotel has now changed, I think it might be the Nile Ritz Carlton now.
The next stamp is of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.  The stamp marked the centenary, though I don't think it had been 100 years in that location in 1959.

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Saturday, 25 February 2012


"Sur la marbordo"
The next postcard in the album, again sent in the 1940s from Italy to England.  With 'on the beach' written in Esperanto.

Friday, 24 February 2012

George's brother's home . . .

 Overdale Rd, St James, Winnipeg.

Date unknown, though I would think either late 1920s/early 1930s.  George's full identity (and for that matter, the identity of his brother) remain a mystery.

Found together with the following photo.

 Lightship on Pacific.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Kroonland New York

Continuing in a nautical vein, the above photo leaves more questions than answers.  It's taken on board the SS Kroonland (wiki link here),(launch date 1902, scrapped in 1927) and would appear to show some of the men who worked on the ocean liner.  I wondered if the young men wearing bow ties were waiters or possibly entertainers.  I can't quite make out what is written on the board the older man is holding, but the centre line is Yakima Apples and a picture of a bell.
The postcard wasn't sent through the mail and nor were any names or dates written on the reverse.  The AZO stamp mark dates it somewhere between 1917 - 1930, and given that the ship was called on to serve in WW1 from April 1918 - October 1919, then we are probably into the 1920s with this photo, as the dress of the 3 passengers looking down from a higher deck would also suggest.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

La Mezquita, Córdoba

"I leave Gibraltar tomorrow & expect to sail thence on Oct 5th hoping to reach London five days afterwards.  I fear this will be the last of the Post cards."

Today’s postcard is one from the ‘mixed album’ which I mentioned a couple of days ago.  It shows the Mezquita, (wiki link here) and was sent from Spain to England on 29th  September 1903, to Mrs Woollcombe Hullah, who lived at Lytchett Matravers, Poole in Dorset.  Given the unusual name, it wasn't long before I was quite engrossed in finding out about and getting involved in the Woollcombe Hullah family.

Although we don’t have an initial for Mrs Woollcombe Hullah, I’m pretty sure that she is Emily, who was married to Charles Woollcombe Hullah, who was a Master Mariner.   The message, although not signed, does sound like it was written by a mariner, and obviously she would have had no doubts as to who the sender was.

Charles and Emily married on 18th August 1891

Belfast News, 24 August 1891
HULLAH - HEATH - August 18, at St. Mary's, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset by his father, assisted by the father of the bride, Charles Woollcombe Hullah, eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Hullah, M.A., Rector of Calstock, Cornwall and Honorary Canon of Truro, to Emily, youngest daughter of the Rev, Wm. Mortimer Heath, M.A., Rector of Lytchett Matravers.

They had two sons:  Edwin Charles, baptized 6th March 1895, who died as an infant;
Noel, baptized 12th January 1902.  On the baptism record his father’s occupation is given as ‘Commander in Merchantile Marine’.

On the 1911 census I was really sad to find Charles Woollcombe Hullah, Master Mariner, aged 55, as a patient in the Dorset County Asylum (as it was then known) in Dorchester.  There is no exact indication of when he was admitted, nor the reason, but  it may well be that he had already been there 3 years at this time as the infirmity column reads, ‘lunatic 52’.   His death,  at age 56, is registered in the Jan-Feb-Mar quarter of 1912.

As for Emily at the time of the 1911 census, she was a boarder at a guest house in Weymouth, it’s not clear whether this was a holiday or a more permanent arrangement.  Noel, who was aged 9, was away at school in Bexhill, Sussex.

Emily Woollcombe Hullah lived to the ripe old age of 92 and died in 1952.

Noel  Woollcombe Hullah died in 1961, aged 59, and his will appeared in the Times of Nov 24th 1961.  After some personal legacies and a sum of £4000 left  to the church at Lytchett Matravers, the balance of his estate was left to the RSPCA.  I don't think Noel had any children, so that branch of the Woollcombe Hullah family ended there.

It's surprising how far a postcard can take you.  Now if only we had a photo . . . .

In Memory of Charles Woollcombe Hullah (1856 - 1912)

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Rhodes c1951

one of the 160+ negatives that I recently scanned.   Getting a car in the shot really does give the vintage atmosphere otherwise it could probably be any time.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Ghent, Belgium

 Gand, Maison des Tisserands.
The Weavers House.

Postcard from the early 1900s, with an undivided back.  This was in an album with a mix of photos and postcards (a bit of a mixed lot where they don't really belong together).  Anyway I've spent a couple of hours today researching some of the stories in the photos and postcards and hope to post something of that soon.  This is one of the postcards which doesn't have an extra story attached in terms of who sent it, when they sent it and to whom, but it's a nice card even so.  The pencil notes on the back appear to have been made by a dealer at some time.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

These sound delicious . . . in a 1920s way . . .

Early 1920s magazine advert.
(PS they're not real cats' tongues . . . )

Sunday Stamps

GB does better on pets than romance ;).
This set dates from 23 January 1990 and commemorated 150 years of the RSPCA.
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Saturday, 18 February 2012


"Arrivo al traguardo"

"Arriving at the finishing line".

I'm not entirely sure of the significance or humour in this postcard, but it's the next one in the album.

Friday, 17 February 2012

"To Aunt & Uncle . . .

 from Chester Vernon and Marjorie Leona."

Today's photo is thanks to Steven at Facing West Back in Time.
Chester Vernon and Marjorie Leona were two of the children of Ezra Timothy Newsted and his wife Mabel (neé Nixon).  Chester Vernon was born in May 1917 (died in 2002) and his sister was born in 1921/22 (she is aged 8 on the 1930 census and listed as Marjorie L).  Ezra Newsted came from Michigan, he married Mabel Nixon on February 2nd 1906 at Klondike, Oceania, Michigan.  I found them on the 1920 census living in Lewis, Washington state and in 1930 they are at Claquaton, Lewis.  When exactly they moved states, I'm not sure.
The baby is only a few months old in the photo, so it's 1921/22, making Chester 4 or 5 years only.  The Artura mark on the reverse is given as 1911-1921 (link here), (the photographer can always be using 'old' cards).
What I haven't quite worked out yet, is who Aunt and Uncle are, but then these orphaned photos always leave you with more unanswered questions.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

hush . . .

found snapshot, presumed 1940s.
One of my faves.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

the girl guide

found snapshot, a girl guide who may have just had a birthday.
Notice the milk bottles on the doorstep, 2 pints of sterilized and 1 silver top.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Monday, 13 February 2012

The temperance seven

I know there are only 6 in the line up, but the 7th one is taking the photo.
Actually this snap has nothing whatsoever to do with The Temperance Seven (youtube link here) but I couldn't resist that name as a title given the fact these young men appear to be drinking cups of tea.  I suspect they may be at a day at the races, so maybe someone has a hip flask and something a little stronger has been added to, errmm, keep out the cold.
I suppose it's possible they may have listened to the music (a few years on, as those look like '50s hairstyles).

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Rather strange . . .

Ad from February 1952.

Sunday Stamps

For this week's theme of Valentines, I vaguely remembered that there was a Valentine/cupid stamp in one of the greeting stamps booklets, and found I still have one.

Issued 31 January 1989, the booklet contained 10 x 19p, which was the cost of a 1st class stamp back then.

This is the cover of the booklet I have, but as these showed a pattern from the designs of the stamps, then there were a variety of covers.  The booklet also contained 12 greetings labels.

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Saturday, 11 February 2012

Friday, 10 February 2012

just passing through . . .

. . . time, that is.
this young man has a very ghostly (or should that be ghost-like) appearance.
Found snapshot, presumed 1930s.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

after the party . . .

At first I thought this was a youth club event, but then noticed that some of the ladies are wearing button holes, so maybe it was an after wedding party.  The chap lying down at the front looks a lot like the late Tony Hancock, don't you think?

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

'Thank you all for coming'

said the very tall man.
Actually he does look pretty tall (on the far left) in the snap which presumably preceded the first one and shows the family gathering.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

the Named ~ Ruth Hunsby ~ neé Stallberg*

Thanks to Steven at Facing West Back in Time for this lovely photo of Ruth Hunsby.
As far as I can tell, Hunsby was Ruth's married name and some time in the 1920s she married George Hunsby, they are married by the time of the 1930 census and living in Bellingham.  Ruth was born 11 March 1902 (according to the IGI) in Washington (state), both her parents born in Sweden.  Now this is where I haven't been able to find her prior to 1930 as there were quite a number of girls called Ruth born around that date to parents born in Sweden.  So as I haven't found a marriage record, then I can't find her maiden name.*  The US Social Security Death Index (on IGI) gives her death date as January 1979.  I think she looks  Scandinavian.  
I would think that the above photo dates from around 1920 and is probably before Ruth was married, the photo was given to her friend, and her name (married name) added only years later.
Incidentally her husband's parents were born in Norway. I don't have a photo of him and Ruth, but did find a Social Security Death Index for him, which gave his birth date as 6 June 1898 and death date 6 June 1996, so he died on his 98th birthday.  I'm not sure if he is the same George Hunsby who wrote this book.

*Edit: thanks to Lisa (aka Ms Facing West) Ruth's maiden name was Stallberg.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Before . . .

he was King, in fact even before the thought of him becoming King.  This informal snapshot is of the Queen's father, who was to become George VI in 1936, following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII.  I don't know the date of this snap, but would think late 1920s/early 1930s.  Today is the 60th anniversary of his death.  
Wiki link for George VI.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

an Alpine train

1920s photo stuck on card album page.

Saturday, 4 February 2012


Si je souffrais pendant l'absence,
Quel bonheur de ta présence.

She may be about to strangle him.

Friday, 3 February 2012

it's cold outside . . .

an early 1920s trip to Switzerland . . .
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