Saturday, 31 March 2012

a letter . . .

from the local Council in June 1939, received by my great grandparents.  Obviously all these plans were made quite a few months in advance of the actual start of war (September 1939).  I don't think my great grandparents actually ended up taking in any evacuees during the War, there were only a very few in the village as far as I know, and I assume that any evacuees would have been children from Birmingham.  The letter is in its original envelope with GOVERNMENT EVACUATION SCHEME printed on the front, although missing from the envelope is the window card and the letter from the Ministry.  Presumably the card was put in the window.

Friday, 30 March 2012

from all the Arkubs . . .

. . . many happy returns.  The Arkubs club dates from the 1930s and has its origins in a newspaper cartoon strip called 'Japhet and Happy'.   I found this wiki page about the origins and characters in the cartoon, and looking more closely at the illustration Japhet does look a little inflexible in his joints.  The bear is called Happy, Archie is the donkey and Adelaide the ostrich.

This birthday card was in amongst the ephemera (and old stuff) from my great grandmother's house, but sadly there was no badge nor a book to help in deciphering the secret code.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

believed to be . . .

this photo 'belongs' with yesterday's (as far as I can tell) and therefore is believed to be Auntie Clara, c1910.  Auntie Clara was my great grandmother's older sister, she went out to the US, got married, and then came back and took May, two of her brothers and Eddie back with her. So around this time, they all lived with Auntie Clara and her husband.   Auntie Clara made several trips back to the UK over the years and we have several photos of her, but those are mainly from the 1930s.  So this is thought to be her when she was younger.
This could be the house which 'goes with' the outbuildings which were in yesterday's picture.  I think the one might have been a chicken shed where you could see the nest boxes in a row.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

An anniversary . . .

On this day, 28 March in 1912, May, the young lady in the photo above was married.  She was the youngest sister of my great grandmother, and was one of four siblings who went to the US in the early 1900s.  She married an Albert Hilaman and they lived in Delaware, PA.  It's only within the last week that we have  'uncovered' the date of her marriage, so it was nice to know just in time for the anniversary.  
This is the only photo we have of Aunt May, and I think it dates from about 1910, the only other item we have relating to her is a letter that she wrote to my great grandmother in 1969.   
The boy in the photo is Eddie, her nephew.  Eddie's something of a mystery, from start to finish, he was adopted, and as yet we have no idea what became of him.  And I haven't a clue as to what the dog was called.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

reading . . .

. . . the tea leaves at Highcliffe-on-Sea.  Either that or the milk was off.
You may notice the couple from yesterday's image, he has his trousers on today :).

Monday, 26 March 2012

the forgotten . . .

. . . trousers.
Actually they are in the seaside town of Bournemouth and most likely on their way from the hotel or one of the beach huts to the beach.  It's the early 1930s, the signs which can be seen inform us that the speed limit is 8 (miles per hour) and  'CARS NOT ALLOWED TO PARK HERE', so it's obviously before the advent of double yellow lines. From a couple of other shots I have of the same stretch of front, it looks like parking spaces on the other side of the street were pretty hard to come by. 
Of course this had me googling to find when double yellow lines were first used to indicate no parking, I found this page on wiki saying they were part of the 1960 Road Traffic Act, and another mention that a yellow line (maybe not double) used to indicate no parking appeared in Slough in 1956.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

on a day like today . . .

sunny and fine enough for a picnic.
This photo is stuck on an album page, and on those pages very few people have been named, whilst others just have initials, it's an on-going project to find out some more about them.  The date is about 1920 (maybe a year or two before).

Saturday, 24 March 2012

rosy cheeks

Sent from Daisy to Florrie, about 1915.  Lovely tinting.

Friday, 23 March 2012

the toys . . .

a scanned in negative, when I held this to the light (as you do while waiting for the scanner to do its thing with the previous negative), I thought it was a baby, but it's a doll and some shadows which would look at home in any Hitchcock picture.  I added the vignette as  a bit of artistic license.

And then there was teddy (maybe he was called Little Ted) in his deckchair.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

. . . one of the most interesting . . .

it was one of the most interesting drainpipes ever seen.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Im Biergarten

If you don't fancy getting all done up for the party, then maybe we can just head on out to the Biergarten.
This is another mystery in terms of who and when, though for the where (broadly speaking) I think it's Germany. The actual photo I scanned measures all of 3.5cm x 2cm, and has at some time been stuck in an album.  One that could have easily been lost in the presumed house clearance from which it has emerged.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Let's party . . .

. . . like it's 19_ _, and I have to confess I'm stuck on the date, it's printed in Berlin, on Agfa Lupex paper, and whether the IG mark means that it is pre-1945, I don't know.  It could be 1930s.
The photo comes from a bit of a mixed lot, so I don't have any info on the people either.

riddle-me-ree ~ the answer

As promised, the answer to yesterday's riddle from the 1930s is Angus.
Perhaps the last line was a better clue than the picture, 'My whole is a fatty we all adore.'  They must have had a much loved fat cat called Angus!  :) :)

Monday, 19 March 2012


This little book was covered with green felt and written and illustrated by Bobby in the mid/late 1930s (sadly she didn't date it) and she gave it to her mother.  I will save the answer for tomorrow, I think there might be a clue in the illustration (though I am yet to find a photo to confirm this). 

Bobby is the girl with the book.

Steven, have you got the answer yet? ;)

Friday, 16 March 2012

where they (might have) lived . . .

This house (which is in fact two houses) is another contender for the location of the daffodils photo.  Here the windows are a match and also a standard lamp can be seen on the inside, but I thought the outside didn't match in that the hedge would be further away. 
There is a good chance that yesterday's house is still there, but I would doubt that this one is. Where you find an old house with a large garden in an urban area, the tendency has been to demolish the house (if possible) and then build as many new houses (all at funny angles to one another) on the plot of land.

I think the lady and the boys are relatives (of the family with two girls).  (I'm beginning to think maybe the 'grandparents' lived here and the photo was taken at their house).

Thursday, 15 March 2012

where they lived . . .

The man who took yesterday's photo lived here, now whether this house is where yesterday's shot was taken, I'm not entirely sure.  The room is at the rear of the house and looks out over the garden, but the windows are different.  That would mean that they have different windows in the rear of the house for it to fit.  (The house next door actually has the matching windows).  
The next photo shows the car which is in the garage here and those girls are the ones in the photo on the occasional table in front of the window.

Someone liked this shot a lot and had it pinned up.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

'The hills are alive . . .

. . . with the sound of . . . '.
I find this snapshot to be somewhat surreal,  her pose on the hillside reminds me of a scene (though don't ask which one) from 'The Sound of Music', and yet I don't remember if anyone was actually barefoot in that.  Added to that she seems to have caught the attention of a bull, we can only surmise what happened next . . .

Monday, 12 March 2012

12 March

12 March 1919, stamped on the reverse.
As I'm not sure this blog will still be around to save this for the centenary, I thought 93 years was a fine anniversary to be posting.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

a man and his books

A scanned negative.
Although there is a calendar on the wall, it's not clear enough to read the date.  However I'm pretty sure it's the late 1920s.  The negative does have a couple of long scratches (maybe wound too tightly or grit on the rollers inside the camera) such that when I was holding it to the light, it looked like it may have been a wire and I thought at first he might be on the phone, but it's his smoking pose instead.  I think he may have set up the camera with a timer.

Sunday Stamps - women

For this week's theme 'women', I couldn't decide on just one stamp (having already posted my 'favourites', being the Marlene Dietrich and Eva Peron stamps), so today's post is a bit of an accumulation.

The first is a French FDC commemorating the centenary of the birth of Marie Curie, issued 21 October 1967.
I found I had a few USA stamps which featured women : 

Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937),  (wiki link) writer, reading the list of works on the wiki page, I don't think I have read any of her novels, but maybe I will now :), and I didn't know that the phrase, 'Keeping up with the Joneses' comes from her father's family.  There is a lovely cabinet card photo of her on the wiki page;

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821 - 1910), first woman physician (wiki link);

Blanche Stuart Scott, pioneer aviator, there is a great photo of her here.

Also some of the German stamps from the women in German history series (which required further googling):
Therese Giehse (1898 -1975) actress, wiki link;
Luise Henrietta von Oranien, wiki link;
Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896) composer and wife of Robert Schumann, wiki link;
Dorothea Erxleben, who was the first female doctor in Germany in 1754, wiki link.

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Saturday, 10 March 2012

"All Birthday Joy Be Thine"

an Edwardian birthday postcard, c1909/1910.

Friday, 9 March 2012

A day out . . .

 at the fair, with the young ladies from yesterday's 'cut out'. Presumed 1930s.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

cut out

From the same 1920s/30s snaps album as yesterday's photo.  Although these girls appear to have been 'cut out' at some time, they are part of these photos and not just stuck on.  On the second photo, the darkness in the corner is actually there (and not a scanning error).
I don't know who the photographer was, but he/she was obviously ahead of his/her time and would absolutely love photoshop.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

cut out

this snap is from a different lot of photos to the previous days' 'cut outs'.  It's from a snap album dating from the 1920s/30s with 3 pictures to a page, and I was able to scan the pages rather than removing all the photos. I don't know the reason for the cut out here.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

cut out

The lady may have been cut out for a scrapbook page.   
The young man may have been in a locket through WW1. 
They married after the War.

Monday, 5 March 2012

cut out

Presumably for a locket.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

'100 Years of Refreshment'

A commemorative cover celebrating 100 years of railway dining cars, insert below . . .

I'm participating in Sunday Stamps on Viridian's Postcard blog, you can check out this week's entries by clicking the icon below.
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I just realised this is my 500th post on this blog, how time flies!
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