Sunday, 30 September 2012

Sunday stamps

For this week's free choice, I've chosen the Pyramids.  I'm quite partial to vintage postcards and stamps with the Pyramids on them.

This set of airmail stamps from Egypt were issued in 1941.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

the coach trip

This may have been the coach which took them to Blackpool in 1953.

Friday, 28 September 2012

inspecting the guard

Snapshot taken on a trip to Windsor in 1954.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Howard Gardens Municipal Secondary School, Cardiff

... held their 13th Annual Aquatic Sports Championship on 27th September, 1912, at the Corporation Swimming Baths.
I found these pictures of the Guildford Crescent Baths (on the pdf quick view, scroll down to page 19).

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

the bride and groom

Found snapshot, late 1950s/early 1960's.  Nice grainy film.
I like this shot as the cottage windows remind me of where my Great Granny lived.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

a new banner

A new banner today, the snapshot of Caernarfon Castle, Wales, dates from 1925 and was found in an orphaned album.  You can see the 'same' view today here on google maps.  It looks like the fountain has gone and the statue has been moved to stand in front of the row of houses.


Monday, 24 September 2012

". . . say yes to honeymoon . . ."

The article headline appears to read ". . . parents say yes to honeymoon before wedding".  In fact it might even be, 'bride's parents'.
The picture below is actually how it was put in the album and that version is called, 'Clare'.
Found snapshot, c1960.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday stamps - music

For this week's theme of 'music, literature and books', firstly an FDC from Egypt, issued in May 1985 to commemorate 50 years of the Faculty of Music Education.  The design reminds of one of the logos that you used to see on LPs.

Continuing with music, the next stamp is of Om Kalthoum who is probably the most famous and greatest Egyptian singer.    She rose to fame in the 1930s and is still very popular decades after her death in 1975.  She sings of love and longing and loss.  Her concerts were always sell-outs. There are whole performances to view on youtube, but here is just a short clip.  Here is the wiki link.

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

in passing

Found snapshot, 1950s, in Ireland (I think).  Nice grainy film.

Friday, 21 September 2012


The next postcard in the album is one which has crept in from elsewhere (I suspect a rearrangement by a dealer at some time) and was sent in 1910 from Italy to H B Mudie who lived (with his parents) at 77 Kensington Gardens Square, London.  Harold Bolinghoke Mudie was aged 30 at the time of the postcard and was a share dealer and member of the London Stock Exchange.  I haven't been able to decipher the initials of the sender.

This old gentleman is a Sardinian of Sardinia where I find myself.  Enjoyed Rome with its monuments.  Am going on to Naples and Vesuvius then Venice and hope to be home by end of next month or sooner.  Very fine weather.

As you can see the reverse of the postcard has been used for scribbling practice at some time.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

the sidecar

1950s, found photo.  In Ireland, I think.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


Found photo, c1960.  Healy's Lounge & Bar, somewhere in Ireland (I think).

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

standing on the doorstep

1950s, orphaned snapshot.

Monday, 17 September 2012

the bucket on the doorstep

next door to Garthlea 78, at Blackpool.
Found photo, early 1950s.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

When the postman wore a fez . . . .

For this week's Sunday Stamps theme of all things connected with the post, I've chosen this Egyptian stamp for Express mail.  It shows a motorcycle messenger who would've delivered the express mail.  The cost of 20 mills covered the 5 mills regular postage plus an express fee of 15 mills.   The red 20 mills was issued in 1929 and could have been used until about 1940.

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

to Dublin Airport

1950s, found snapshot.

Friday, 14 September 2012


As we come to the next postcard in the album, all I can say is, may I be the first (this year) to wish you a 'Buon Natale'. :).  Sent from Italy to a little girl in England in the mid 1940s.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

the haystack . . .

. . . may not be the best place for a smoke.
Found photo, 1950s.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


. . . another photo from a trip to London in 1953.  Found photo.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

the slow way . . .

. . . to cut the grass.
Orphaned snapshot from the 1950s.

Monday, 10 September 2012

"Up the garden path"

Orphaned snaps, from the 1950s.
There are not so many of these old-fashioned garden paths left.  As the cottages/houses are renovated and their gardens are built in, the paths are soon gone.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

the sentry

Orphaned snapshot, taken on a visit to London in 1953.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

The Queen Elizabeth

Probably somewhere off the coast of GB.  Found snapshot.

Friday, 7 September 2012

the accordianist

1950s snapshot.

Thursday, 6 September 2012


Found snapshot, early 1950s.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Sisters . . .

. . . I presume.
Found snapshot, in an album, early 1950s.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hay making

. . . the old-fashioned way.  Found snapshot, presumed late 1940s.

Monday, 3 September 2012


Found snapshot, in an album, early 1950s.

Saturday, 1 September 2012


Continuing in the order in which the postcards (sent from Italy to England in the 1940s) appear in the album, here are the next two postcards.  After the art cards for his wife, we have some sent to his daughter.

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