Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

A scanned negative, mid-1950s, and probably not actually Halloween, just playing with the Pelham Puppet and the dog (name unknown).  More on the history of Pelham Puppets here.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

sunnier days

Presumably a works' outing, some time in the late 1920s (I think).

Monday, 29 October 2012

Sunday, 28 October 2012

2 today!

'There's Gladness in Remembrance' is 2 years old today!

Saturday, 27 October 2012


Roughly translated:
"We're pulling, without arousing the little brother's suspicion, the wagons-lits."

If there is a deeper significance here, I'm missing it :).
The next postcard in the album, sent from Italy to England in the 1940s.
. . . and in Esperanto . . .

Friday, 26 October 2012

Khartoum Column, Alexandria

J Beagles & Co Postcard
Agent: P Coustoulides, Alexandria
Postally unused
Presumed c1916.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Monday, 22 October 2012

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunday stamps

This week's theme of ships brings me back to the box of FDC's where I dug out the following:

The first cover commemorates Sir Francis Chichester's World Voyage and was issued on 24 July 1967. (Here's the wiki link). The 1/9 (1 shilling and 9d (d = pennies) in 'old money', ie. before decimalisation) was the only value issued.

The next FDC is the set of British Ships issued on 15 January 1969.  I don't know the reason (if there was one) why the lowest value, the 5d QE2, is a different design to the others in the set.

The RMS Mauretania (the 1/- value below) is the RMS Mauretania I which was launched in 1906 and retired in 1934.  At the time of her launching, she was the largest and fastest ship in the world.  In WW1 she served as a troop carrier and later as a hospital ship.  (Here's the wiki link).  I ended up looking this up as I have recently scanned an old photo album from the 1930s with some photos of RMS Mauretania but that ship only had two funnels.  The one in the photo album was RMS Mauretania II which was launched in 1938, and inherited the name from the earlier one of 1906, she was also the first ship of the newly merged Cunard White Star line (here's the wiki link).

The third cover shows the Mayflower and commemorates its sailing on 6 September 1620.  The Mayflower stamp is one value from the anniversaries set issued on 1 April 1970.

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Saturday, 20 October 2012


roughly translated:

'when the door is closed, with the right movement, it's possible to go through the window'

and in Esperanto . . .

Sent from Italy in the mid 1940s.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Thursday, 18 October 2012


A 1930s day at the races, possibly Aintree race course, Liverpool.  Changeable weather by the looks of the macs.  I confess that the attraction of plus-fours escapes me.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

in threes

a 1950s day out.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012


found in an old album.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sunday stamps

At first I didn't think I had anything for this week's theme of folk culture, then I remembered some FDCs and thought I may find something amongst them, and came up with this GB set of folklore issued 6 February 1981.  I now realise that the 14p would have been perfect for the Valentine theme.

The 18p shows Morris Dancers.

The 22p depicts Lammastide, the festival of the first wheat harvest of the year on the 1st August, you can read more about Lammas here on wiki.

The 25p features medieval mummers, actors who performed plays at harvest time and Christmas, here's the wiki link.  This one is my favourite of the designs.

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Saturday, 13 October 2012


"Buon Onomastico"

or 'happy name day', I don't recall ever hearing of anyone celebrating their name's day.  I think it's more of a European tradition, associated more with the saints in the Catholic and Orthodox churches.  Anyway this was the next postcard in the album, sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.

Friday, 12 October 2012

'Two Dutch waiters'

Another from the album.

Thursday, 11 October 2012


Belgium, 1939.  From the album.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

'Happy Days'

Belgium, in the summer of 1939.  This snapshot comes from a small album, the photos are stuck on the pages, and most date from the mid-1930s to 1939 and a holiday to Belgium and the Netherlands.  A lot of the photos have a date and location, a few names, but not the name of the album's owner.   'Happy Days' is written on one of the pages, and I wonder if the photos were all sorted into order and glued  in the album some time during the war years that followed.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Madame Tussauds

London, 1950s.  found snapshot.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme, a stamp from the DDR (East Germany) issued in 1985 of the ‘Jungfernbrücke’, the oldest surviving bridge in Berlin.
You can read a little more about it here.

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Saturday, 6 October 2012


"Sincere Wishes"

Friday, 5 October 2012

Thursday, 4 October 2012

proud father

I like the bay window with the door.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

many hands . . .

1960s snapshot.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

view from a bridge

Exact location unknown (at present), this is from a lot of loose orphaned photos, so I need to go through the box again to look for clues.  A lot of the photos are of the North Wales area. Date, probably 1930s/1940s.

Monday, 1 October 2012

look carefully . . .

. . . and you can just see Blackpool Tower, very faintly, rising out of the top of the lady in the scarf's head.
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