Saturday, 30 June 2012

The Temple of Edfu

in Egypt, art postcard by Friedrich Perlberg (1848 - 1921).

Friday, 29 June 2012

Thursday, 28 June 2012


We're back to cute with the next postcards in the album.  These were for the serviceman's young daughter, the romantic cards for his wife.  Sent from Italy in 1943.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

more tennis

this time the date is 1932, I leave the writing on the reverse of the photo for you to decipher  :)
I presume it's a tennis club somewhere in the UK.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Anyone for tennis?

With the start of this year's Wimbledon, I thought I would post these snaps (some of which are quite small and have been stuck on a white card album page) of the French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen (1899 - 1938).  The photos date from 1921, and although Miss Lenglen played in and won the Wimbledon women's championship that year, these photos are from the tournament at the Beaulieu tennis club on the French Riviera.

Miss Elizabeth Ryan was her opponent (and also her partner in doubles) (wiki link).

Monday, 25 June 2012

Remember Muriel?

Remember Muriel  from the beach photo I posted the other day?  Well here's the wedding at which she was the bridesmaid (she's on the left).   At the moment I don't know the names of the bride and groom, but that may change and if so I'll let you know.  This would be a 1930s wedding (and I would guess somewhere in the Midlands).  I don't recall seeing a photo of Muriel's wedding (her maiden name was Dudley) in this lot of photos.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Talking of Skegness

These two girls (names unknown) are in Skegness, at the Butlins Skegness Holiday Camp.  The Holiday Camp in Skegness opened in 1936, here's a link to the Bygone Butlins website.  There's a lot to look at on the Bygone Butlin's website, the then and now photos/postcards are well worth a look, sadly the monorail has gone and it does look like there are a lot more roads and car parks than used to be the case.  If you go to the end of the slideshow and count back 9 images, then you'll see postcards of the pool where these girls are sitting, though I would think this photo predates the postcards.  Actually it's made me quite sad seeing how good it used to be, it must have been wonderful to ride round on the monorail and see everything that was going on.  As for the badges, I have the 1959 Skegness badge, (although I've never been to Butlins).

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Just arrived . . .

at Skegness.  1956.
Sepia postcards spanned quite a few decades.

Friday, 22 June 2012

on the beach . . .

One of the couples are Ernie and Muriel (I think it might be the couple on the left) and Muriel went on to be the other girl's bridesmaid.  'Holiday 1938'.

Thursday, 21 June 2012


Some sort of festival possibly.  
Happy solstice.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


a ghostly boat trip or a double exposure (and one I may have posted before, but worth looking at again if that is the case ;)).

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

on reflection

At first I thought this photo had a good reflection, but after further reflection (sorry ;)), I think there's a double exposure.
Click on the image to view larger, and I've also flipped it as there seems to be more going on in the lower half of the image.

Monday, 18 June 2012


He:  I can feel the beats of your heart.
She:  Out of love my darling.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

and finally . . . and finally . . .

the remaining photo on the album page, a double exposure.  Presumed 1912.

Saturday, 16 June 2012


Continuing from the announcements yesterday, in 1912, on June 16th, it was the diamond wedding anniversay of John James of Botallack, Cornwell and Anne Walker.  

The photo below is the last photo on the other side of the album page, father and son, unknown.  

Friday, 15 June 2012


These announcements of Silver Weddings were published in The Times (newspaper) and are on the same card on the album page as the announcement of the wedding of John Reginald Turner and Amy Evelyn Burke.
So these weddings were 125 years ago today, on the 15th June 1887.  I don't know if there is a name for the 125th anniversary?

The first one is Pauline Millicent Bickley (Babsie) to William Cubitt.
The next one is Margaret (Peggy) Fowler to Henry John Hall.

And some more photos from the other side of the album page.
This looks like a young Evelyn and makes me think she may have been the compiler of the album.  Could the photo of the young man below be a photo of John Turner (who she married)?

Thursday, 14 June 2012

'Miss ________ (red hair, green eyes)'

A blustery day in Aden, (Yemen) in April 1912.  Whoever compiled this album page knew the Edgars, I would think Mrs Edgar is the mother of S C Edgar (who I suspect is Stanley Clarence Edgar).  The name of the miss with the red hair and green eyes, I do not know.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

the wedding

This is the unidentified wedding photo stuck on the other side of the album page.   It is an Edwardian wedding, with a wonderful array of feathered hats, but looking closer, the bride and groom don't look like Evelyn and John (see photos below).

The above photo is presumed to be Evelyn and John who are honeymooning at the Grenville Hotel in Bude, June 1912,

and from the photo below, we can be certain that it is Evelyn. 

this photo which names Evelyn and two friends, Sybil and Gladys Lees (all in fancy dress) is in Műrren, Switzerland and dated February 1912.

So as to whose wedding photo it is, I don't know, could the groom's pith helmet be a clue?  More photos from the same page to come . . .

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

On the 12th June

in 1912, Amy Evelyn Burke married John Reginald Turner at St Andrew's church, Bulmer in Essex, and an announcement appeared in The Times (newspaper).  The above card and photos of the church (below) are stuck on one side of an orphaned album page.  

Then there is this remnant of a note written by Evelyn Burke on 16th July 1912. (Though I wonder if that is the same 'Evelyn Burke' as the 'Amy Evelyn' who got married, as the surname Burke is still being used in July 1912, maybe that is why July has been underlined).

I don't know who the album page belonged to, but there are more photos on the other side and one which may be of this wedding, sadly no names have been written beside it.
Amy Evelyn Burke was one of 10 children born to Lieut Col. Walter St George Burke and his wife Mary Ann.  By the time of this marriage, he was retired and the family lived in Bulmer.  
I'll post more of the photos tomorrow.

Monday, 11 June 2012

"Dear E, . . . "

Dear  E,
             I am now feeling better.  Isn't the weather treacherous.  Hope to see you as usual tomorrow.  Trust all are well,
Love, Fred.

Sent in December 1910, this Rhotophot Postcard has a melancholy air, the young lady certainly looks quite preoccupied.  But at least Fred was feeling better.  He was writing to Ellen, who was aged 21 and worked as a draper's assistant.  Ellen Moxley went on to marry a Frederick Pearson in 1912, so I like to think that the Fred who wrote this card (and had such lovely handwriting) and Ellen's future husband are one and the same.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Sunday Stamps

For this week's theme of astronomy/science/scientists, the first stamp is a GB one and was issued in  September 1990, it depicts  Armagh Observatory, Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope and  La Palma Telescope.  This stamp was the lowest value in a set of 4, but I only have this one.

The next stamp was issued by Germany in 1993 and commemorates Paracelsus, (wiki link) who was a physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer and occultist.  So I'm probably stretching the theme a little here, but I liked that it shows the planetary symbols used in astrology.

And finally this mini sheet was issued by Egypt in March 2006 and shows the total solar eclipse.

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From Constantinople to a girl called 'Lettice'

This postcard of 'Les Derviches Tourneurs' (the whirling Dervishes) was sent in November 1904 from the British Post Office in Constantinople, to a Miss Lettice East.  
The postcard was unsigned, so we can only presume that Lettice would've have known who the sender was.  Looking up Miss Lettice on the 1911 census, shows her still living at the address the postcard was sent to in 1904 (in a house with 21 rooms, and at the time of the census their household had 7 servants and a governess to look after their family of 5).  She would've been aged 8 when the card was sent, and I wonder if it was from her father who was retired from the Bombay civil service.   Lettice didn't marry and died in 1953, aged only 57.

If you ever get the chance to watch the Whirling Dervishes, I would recommend it.
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