Monday, 30 April 2012

Edgbaston Old Church, Birmingham

Another postcard bought in the interests of family research, I may find an ancestor was baptised/married/buried here.  I just looked this up on google maps and sadly it looks like the graveyard no longer has this fine display of monuments and memorials.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Two views . . .

. . . of Cairo.  They both share a remnant of an album page.  The photos probably date from any time between the 1920s and 1940s.
The first photo may well be taken from the Citadel.  The second shot is of the El Azhar Mosque.

Saturday, 28 April 2012


The next two postcards in the album, 'the letter from Papa', 'the letter to Papa'.
Sent in 1943 from Italy to England.  The colouring on the first card was probably done by the daughter who received the postcard.
I always think this style of card has a sense of sadness attached to it.  

Friday, 27 April 2012

St Thomas, Dudley

I don't usually buy postcards of churches, but got this one thinking that my great great grandparents were married there in Dudley in the 1870s and it would be nice to have a picture of the church.  So when I got home and checked, I discovered, that yes, it was Dudley, but they were actually married in St Edmond's,  not St Thomas.  No doubt with a bit more digging, I shall find some ancestors who passed through the doors of St Thomas, and so this will have some personal relevance to my notes on family history.

Thursday, 26 April 2012


I don't know if these are Dartmoor or Exmoor ponies, but obviously they are not the gymkhana ponies that we saw yesterday.  The girl may be the same girl who was sitting on the car here.
Photo from a scanned negative, early 1950s.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

the pony club gymkhana

Two more of the scanned negatives from the early 1950s (and as I can't remember if I flipped these round,  they may be the wrong way).

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

a day out

. . . this could be the same day out as yesterday's photo.
The photos belonged to the lady with the sunglasses and I've presumed the car was hers too (but that may not be true).

Monday, 23 April 2012

a day out . . .

probably on a weekend, in the 1950s, in England.
Scanned negative, which is so much easier when there is something like a number plate to show you have the photo the correct way round.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A Happy Birthday

Birthday postcard, printed in Germany, postally used in England in 1909.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

The Ambassador Bridge

Postcard sent to England in 1961.
The postcard describes the bridge as being '5 lanes wide', whereas the wiki page states it has '4 undivided lanes'.  I'm not quite sure what the difference is.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Bridlington Harbour

as seen in April 1911.

The postcard was sent to Miss Shield, who was Gertrude Maud Shield, aged 19 and in service at that address in Sheffield.  The house at 13 Moor Oaks Road still exists, but is now a house rented out to students.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

the bride and groom . . .

the wedding guests . . . notice the lady who arrived at the church with the bride is now seated next to the groom.

and the cake . . .

such a shame not to know their names.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

'Get me to the church on time . . .'

A wedding at the Newton Heath Parish Church of All Saints, exact year unknown, presumed 1917-1919, around that time.  In the first image, the bride is arriving with a lady who we presume is her mother (though when we see the group photos tomorrow, we will see she is sitting next to the groom, so that makes you think she is his mother instead).  

The next photo is of the wedding party leaving the church, the lady carrying the baby is not the bride, but she seems to be standing in front of the groom as I'm pretty sure that is him in the hat.

I wish I knew who they were and when exactly they were married.  The photos, of which I will post more tomorrow, have at some time been stuck in an album, but were loose in a mixed lot when I acquired them.
Newton Heath Church as it is today can be seen here, but it looks like the buildings across the street, the corner one looks like it may well have been a pub, are long gone, along with the church gates and the arch.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

ready for school

I love how the boy on the right has a watch chain and you can just see the shape of his pocket watch in his jacket pocket.
Presumed early 1930s, I'm not sure if the boys might be Tom, Cyril or Jack (seen here), it could well be Cyril and Jack, they look like brothers and it's from the same album.

Monday, 16 April 2012

in the car park

As the car on the left of the frame looks like it might be a Trabbi (Trabant wiki link here), I think this is taken in East Berlin in either the late 1960s or early '70s.  I don't have any other info, other than it being an orphaned photo (and I may be wrong on the make of the car).

Sunday, 15 April 2012

the wardrobe is this way . . .

Sunday Stamps - poetry

For this week's theme of poetry, I have these Egyptian stamps issued in 1957 commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of the Egyptian poets, Hafez Ibrahim and Ahmed Shawqi.

As you see above, the stamps were of the same value and se-tenant on the sheet, with the next row above being the opposite colours, ie. the green above the reddish colour, (the sheet as a whole would have a checked pattern).

The next scan is from an old album which I have, it has printed pages with descriptions in Arabic and French. The person who it belonged to originally took great care in cutting pieces of black card to the size of the stamp, covering the stamp with a protective clear plastic cover which is folded around the card, glued closed at the back and then stuck onto the page with a stamp hinge.

Regarding the poetry, I had a look around to see if I could find any of their works in English, but didn't find any (on the web).

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Dear Lily,

                                            Dear Lily,
                                            Just a few lines hoping you are quite well.
                                            I hope you will come to work a bit better temper.
                                            From May to Lily.

Another postcard sent to Lily, this time from her friend May, in 1908.  I think Lily worked in a warehouse around that time.

Friday, 13 April 2012

look into my eyes . . .

The eyes are like those little buttons which were used for eyes on toys (before all the safety regulations).  Quite hypnotic and a tad creepy.

The postcard was sent to Lily Hawkins (who must've been on holiday or possibly working in Llandudno) in June 1924.  Apparently Doris didn't put enough stamps on and there was 1d to pay.

Thursday, 12 April 2012


This is not quite what it seems, as the photograph isn't torn or repaired in any way.  So I can only think that maybe the negative was torn in two and somehow printed without being properly joined together.
As for the time and place, I think it is late 1920s/early 1930s, somewhere in Germany.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


Singing in the rain maybe.
Thanks to Bill who has very kindly translated the message in Esperanto on this earlier postcard.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

three young lads and the washing line . . .

"Tom  Sirul  Jak"

I think their names are Tom, Cyril and Jack, and it's either late 1920s or early 1930s.
From the same album as these day out photos.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Frohe Ostern

Easter postcard sent from Germany to the UK in the 1950s.

Sunday Stamps - architecture

For this week's theme architecture (which I'm interpreting quite widely), I've chosen some of the earlier Egyptian stamps.  The pyramid and sphinx stamps (small selection above) were in use from 1879 to 1914, with changes in colour, values and paper types at various times.  During those years Egypt was under the final months of the rulership of Khedive Ismail, then Khedive Tawfik, then Khedive Abbas Hilmi.

The stamps below were issued in 1914 (this is just part of the set)

the 3m (orange) depicts Ras-el-Tin Palace, Alexandria (from where King Farouk would set sail into exile in 1952);
the 4m (issued in red in 1914, then in green in 1922) depicts the pyramids;
the 5m (pink issued in 1921) the Sphinx;
the 10m depicts the Colossi of Thebes, on the west bank in Luxor.

The 3m is a bit more interesting as it has a TPO (travelling post office) cancellation for Cairo - Tanta, and would have been cancelled on the train somewhere en route.

The next stamps are two of the higher values from the same set (issued 1914 - 1922):

the 20m depicts the Pylon of Karnak Temple, in Luxor;
the 50m depicts the Citadel in Cairo.

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Saturday, 7 April 2012


Second thoughts maybe?
In Italian and on the reverse in Esperanto.
Sent from Italy to England in the early 1940s.

Friday, 6 April 2012

in fancy dress

Early 1930s and either in or near Llanelly, South Wales.  I don't know the reason for the costumes, maybe a fete or some other celebration.  

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