Friday, 31 August 2012

Saskatoon - 3rd Avenue

1930 postcard of Saskatoon, Canada.  Postally unused.

Here's the link to googlemaps, 3rd Avenue is a long thoroughfare, so Im not sure if this section is still recognisable.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Saskatoon - Looking West

Postally unused, 1930s postcard of Saskatoon, Canada.
Wiki link here.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

outside the cemetery

The button hole makes me think this lady is a wedding guest, but somehow the setting doesn't look right.  It looks like the iron railings are to a cemetery, so maybe there is a church beyond those gates, or across the road, and she's early for the (wedding) ceremony.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Gotcha . . .

. . . and it doesn't look like he intends to let go.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Reading in the garden

This looks like a late summer/early autumn photo as the garden has black eyed susans in bloom and plenty of fruit on the tree.  The young lady may even be called Susan and she may even be in a walled garden in Reading, but I can't say for sure.
There won't be any reading in the garden here today as in true Bank Holiday style, it's raining, but it's bright in spite of the grey clouds.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday Stamps

This week's theme is 'useful' or 'practical', so I figured with a fairly wide interpretation I could post these Egyptian stamps commemorating the Suez Canal (wiki link ).  The one above was issued 26 July 1956 to commemorate the Nationalisation of the Suez Canal.
The next cover is an FDC commemorating 10 years of nationalisation.

The stamp below was issued in 1969 to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Suez Canal.

I'm participating in Viridian's Sunday Stamps, you can visit this week's entries by clicking the icon below.

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

25 August . . .

. . . 1912.  100 years ago today.  Unfortunately I can't tell you who these gentlemen are, nor where they are exactly, other than being in the garden of the man in the middle.  I have a number of album pages relating to his family, but haven't as yet unearthed the clue to finding who they are.
Looking at this snapshot, were it not for the date, I probably wouldn't have thought it was August based on their attire (although I know suits were the norm) and demeanour.

The 25th August was a Sunday in 1912, and according to The Times (newspaper) they were enjoying a break in the rain,

"Over a large portion of England and Wales the rain which began on Thursday night lasted until after midday on Saturday..... . A gradual improvement in the weather consequently took place, and in the earlier half of yesterday a clear sky was reported in many parts of Great Britain."

The forecast for Monday remained, 'mostly overcast and rainy' and 'temperature below the normal'.
Looking on the bright side, at least it wasn't a Bank Holiday weekend back in 1912.  

Friday, 24 August 2012

amongst the flowers

I really like this snapshot.  
I'm not sure who's watching from the lean-to 'conservatory', but someone is, in a kindly way.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

the drinks' trolley

very probably at yesterday's boarding house (from the same sleeve of abandoned snapshots).

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Teas and Ices

at the boarding house.
1930s snapshot.   Location unknown, but typical of many seaside towns.

Monday, 20 August 2012


Typical of many houses built in the years between the wars (1920s/1930s).  I zoomed in to full size to see who was at the door and whether they added any information to the scene, but I think all that can be added is that it was a cold day.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Save the Temples

For this week's free choice theme, a first day cover from 31 October 1962 in the series of Egyptian stamps for the UNESCO Campaign to save the Temples at Abu Simbel. (wiki link)

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Saturday, 18 August 2012


1920s snapshot.  I wonder if the little birds on the dresser were just ornamental or did they have a useful purpose.

Friday, 17 August 2012


"Poole Harbour, Bournemouth
August 1920"

Purple pencil crayon was used a lot for writing back then.

Thursday, 16 August 2012


I think this late 1920s snapshot might be an example of spirit photography, look at the light behind the man,  I feel sure I can make out a face  in the 'head' part of the lightness.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Bean canes

The bean canes make for an interesting background (and suggest that the runner beans still have some growing to do).
Found snapshot,  late 1920s.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


"The Progress Private Hotel"

Unused postcard, presumed 1930s.

Monday, 13 August 2012


The fine art theme continues in the album, another card for his wife.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

a procession

Although the bunting and the flag suggest a royal occasion is being celebrated, I'm not sure which one.  I think the photo is from the 1930s and so would say the occasion is either the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary, which was on 6th May 1935, or the coronation of George VI which took place on 12th May 1937.  Location unknown.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

the footballer

Found snapshot.
I like the pigeon sheds (for racing pigeons) in the background.

Friday, 10 August 2012

in wartime . . .

"Paterno, Sicily 1943"

Found snapshot.
My grandad was driving lorries with supplies and troops around this area at this time.  Maybe he drove a vehicle like this.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

in wartime . . .

Found snapshot, dating from World War II.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

in wartime . . .

"Paterno, Sicily 1943"

Found snapshot.
My grandad was in Sicily in 1943, and I have a few postcards he bought and carried round with him.  He's not in the above photo, but he's the reason I bought it.

You can read about the invasion of Sicily here.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

in wartime . . .

found snapshot, dating from World War II.
Photo on Agfa Lupex paper.

Sunday, 5 August 2012


The album continues with more romance and fine art with the Italian translated into Esperanto.

Saturday, 4 August 2012


Thanks to Steven for today's photo of 3 young men, names unknown at present, c1910, the photographer is Edgar Draper of Loup City, Nebraska.
I don't think they look like brothers, maybe they were friends who went into the photographer's studio one day.  They are certainly very smartly and stylishly dressed with their collars, ties and hats.  You feel they have their lives ahead of them and hope that fate was good to them.

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