Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Edwardian holiday makers

A small keepsake of a memorable family trip to the seaside.  The photo style is 'The American Midget' with studios in Liverpool, Chester, Rhyl, Douglas I.O.M., Birkenhead.  So they were either at Rhyl (North Wales) or on the Isle of Man.  I left some white around the scan to show the pretty edge to the frame.

As all Edwardians, they are very smartly dressed for a trip to the seaside.

Technical note:  I am having some problems signing in to my blog from the blog page as the anti-virus software is blocking the blogger top bar, I hope this isn't inconveniencing anyone.  I have no idea why it is happening.

Monday, 30 July 2012


I can't decide if she is bored or bewildered.  Her hat with the veil reminds me of the hat of a bee keeper, but her shoes are definitely Mary Poppins.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

"Ne pas livrer le dimanche"

This delightful postcard of Ostende is dated as being written on 2 July 1902, although the stamp is cancelled on 2 August 1902.  I hope it didn't actually take a month for it to be sent as that might have messed up their plans.

"Dear Ella,
We will be home on Tuesday morning so will you go to the house and see Elizabeth is there all right - Willie"

The cancellation is quite nice if you're into postal history as it's Ostende (Station), the 22-23 would mean it was cancelled between 10-11pm.  What I like most is the extra on the bottom of the stamp - "Ne pas livrer le dimanche" - Not to be delivered on Sundays.   I haven't seen that before.

Edit: the extra tab on the bottom of the stamp was to encourage the observance of Sundays, so if you left it attached, then it meant 'don't deliver on Sundays' - thanks to the Philatelic database (link this page) for the explanation.

I'm linking to Viridian's Sunday Stamps, which is a free theme this week, please check out this week's entries by clicking the icon below.

Friday, 27 July 2012


1970s curtains.  'Re-found' in the attic.
A keeper :).

Thursday, 26 July 2012


a human centipede, if ever there was.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

the learner

late 1920s/early '30s snapshot.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

on the balcony

of the Touraine Hotel, Torquay.  Taken late 1920s/early 1930s, if the Touraine Hotel still exists, then it must be doing so under a new name as a quick google didn't reveal anything of its possible existence now.

Monday, 23 July 2012

the rolled up newspaper

I wonder if the paper has been rolled up to serve as a fan or a fly swatter?   Too bad that we can't read a title and date.  Her hands look as if they are used to hard work.

Sunday, 22 July 2012


Romeo and Juliet.
Another of the romantic postcards sent by a British serviceman in Italy in WW2 to his wife back in England. The Italian verse translated into Esperanto.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

JY 21 08

West Parade, Worthing.

"181 Crownfield Rd
          Very pleased to hear from you, hope the change will do you and Geoffy much good, & hope to send a long letter after the Dulwich wedding on the 25th.  Fairly well.  M sends love.  Mrs Slade is at Llandudno.  You are in a lovely spot.  Wish properly while there. Yours fondly E.A.P"

Mrs Masters has proved ellusive so I wonder if she were just a visitor at the Bayard Dairy in Upway (Upwey), Dorset.  The sender kindly wrote her own address, which helps identify her as Eliza Alice Parsons (aged about 48 at the time of the postcard).  She lived in West Ham, London.

Friday, 20 July 2012

'Gertie's little nieces'

"Dear Harry,
                  Glad to hear you arrived at Bath quite safe hoping you like the work and your place.  Miss Gertie is sending you the pc of the dear old house, her two little nieces at door.  Gertie"

Mrs Myra Field ran a boarding house in Bath, and Harry Williams was a boarder there, his work was as an 'Engineer's Fitter' (probably connected with the railways, in fact the railway line couldn't have been much closer to his lodgings, link to google maps).

Thursday, 19 July 2012

"To all at 87 Himley Rd"

 - With best wishes from "The Trio"
Toronto July 1914 -

"To all at 87 Himley Rd" is all that is written on the reverse.  

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

More of the railway & Nagpur Station

A couple more photos from India in the 1940s.  The first looks to be similar to yesterday's shot, and the second photo is Nagpur Station. (wiki link here).

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

On the railways

somewhere in India, in the 1940s.  This photo is from the same lot as yesterday's cinema and likewise the location is not noted on the reverse.  The building in the background may mean that with a bit more research and comparison with the photos that do have named locations, we may find out where this is exactly.

Monday, 16 July 2012

'The Bugle Sounds'

. . . was the film showing at this cinema in India.  The film was released in 1942 and starred Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main, and it was the film's title and the surnames of the stars that I could just make out when I zoomed in on this snapshot.  
So the film dates the photo to c1944 (presuming films took a while to get to India), but I'm not sure of the location of the cinema.  The photo came in a small lot which includes  other snapshots of India, some of which are identified and so with a bit more 'research' it might be possible to name the place.
Here's the wiki link for the film and you can watch a theatrical trailer here on youtube.

Sunday, 15 July 2012


1930s,  race horse, jockey and location all unknown.
Next c1910, a farm boy and his working horse.

A pony called Janet and a girl called Helen, late 1920s.

Also Donkeys.
The girls are Juliet and Helen, the year is 1928, but the donkey's name is not written on the album page.

Donkeys at Clovelly, Devon (I think that is the location) in the 1920s.

Saturday, 14 July 2012


Well after the postcards of Dante and Beatrice, we seem to have abandoned all notions of courtly love and moved on to something more passionate  . . . 
The verse is translated into Esperanto below.

Friday, 13 July 2012

An old bag

this one being from WH Smith & Son and dating from the mid 1960s.  I rather like the design, also it wasn't empty, but contained several sheets of blue carbon paper (mostly unused), a sheet which had been used several times (no wonder at the price it was) and a copy of a letter typed using the aforementioned carbon paper.

As for the typewriter, it was the Olivetti Lettera, a portable typewriter, with the nice turquoise cover.  

Thursday, 12 July 2012

also Donkeys

Whilst going through another bag of old papers and sorting into keep/ask my brother/recycle/shred, I came across this folder.  You can imagine my disappointment when I found they'd all gone, even the donkeys!  
As for the folder, you'll be pleased to hear it's in the 'keep' pile.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

a crowded beach

presumed late 1920s/early '30s.  A nice line of beach huts (across the other side of the road, so maybe they are called something other than 'beach huts') and vintage cars.  Some of the faces here may look familiar as I have quite a number of photos from this 'unknown-to-me' family.  I have yet to find the clue that will lead to their names.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

a sandy beach

some time in the mid- to late 1930s, not quite sure about the weather though.
This looks like three generations of the family, and I seem to recall (from another photo) that the younger girl is called Joan.

Monday, 9 July 2012

a shaly beach

. . . in August 1932, and I'm rather surprised to see the lady is wearing an animal stole in August, maybe it does really say 'Angst' (not 'August'), or did she strain her neck singing and dancing to 'Knees up Mother Brown'?  Whether or not she is actually called 'Mrs Brown', is another unknown.

Sunday, 8 July 2012


Dante is the subject of the next two postcards in the album.  The first is dated 13 August 1945 and the postcard below 28 March 1945.  The second postcard shows Dante's first meeting with Beatrice, who was to become his muse, and also his final encounter with her, which was the only other time they met.   Wiki link here.
I confess to not having read any Dante, although I do have a copy of Dante's Inferno, in waiting  . . .

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Friday, 6 July 2012

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