Friday, 30 November 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

"in the land of the living"

Written June 28 1910,
"Dear Miss E Johnson,
I hope you are still in the land of the living we don't hear much of you.  Annie is going out this evening and she is afraid she will be blown away.  I wonder where she would go to.
Love from A F S Cook"

The postcard is of the Edwardian actress, Miss Olga Kingston (1879 - 1932).   I didn't find much mention of her until I had a look in the old newspapers on the British Newspaper Archive, which is a real treasure trove.  An article in the Dundee Courier in 1903 told that she was on her way to Australia for a 6 months tour, starring in the comedy 'Are you a Mason?' with Mr George Giddens.  The article concluded with the line, 
"I may add that she is an expert linguist, is devoted to animals, and very keen on motoring.—Lady's Magazine.".
Some 'Otago Witness' newspaper images from 1903 can be seen here.
Olga's first name was Zoe, she was Zoe Olga M Beatty Kingston and had a sister named Marie Antoinette.  Olga married Phillip Davies in 1905 and must have travelled extensively as her daughter was born in China.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mr Kennerley Rumford

I confess that Mr Kennerley Rumford (1870 - 1957) was unknown to me until I picked up this postcard some weeks ago and subsequently looked him up.   I had heard of his wife however, Dame Clara Butt (1872 - 1936), the concert singer.  (wiki link)
You can listen to Kennerley Rumford sing with Clara Butt here on youtube.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

"Gruss aus Berlin"

'Greeting from Berlin', from the Opera House, located on Unter den Linden.  Although I date the postcard to be pre-WW1, it wasn't postally used until 1925.
The Opera house has risen from the ashes several times over the years, for more info here's the wiki link.

Monday, 26 November 2012

'Midan Opera' ~ Opera Square

Following on from yesterday's pc's of the old Opera House in Cairo, here are two more pc's.   The above shows the Opera House (built 1869, burned down 1971) in the background and the statue of Ibrahim Pasha, the eldest son of Muhammad Ali, who had a successful military career in the Egyptian army. (Wiki link).

The second postcard again shows Opera Square but from a different perspective.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme I've chosen a stamp issued by Egypt in 1969 to commemorate the centenary of Cairo Opera House.

The original Opera House (seen on the postcards below) was built by the Khedive Ismail to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.  Verdi's Aida was premiered there in 1871.  Sadly the Opera House burned down in October 1971, and its place is now taken by a multi-storey car park, although the area is still called 'Opera Square' ('Midan Opera').  (Cairo does have a new opera house, but in a different location).
Wiki link here.

"Near the station
very good performances"

The postcards date from c1918.

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Saturday, 24 November 2012


The enchanting perfume . . . 

This is the next postcard in the album, sent from Italy to England in the 1940s.  The Italian verse has been translated into Esperanto by the sender.

Friday, 23 November 2012

a street scene - 1960s

An early 1960s street scene, somewhere in Ireland.  The registration plate on the Morris Minor is BI 5473, the BI dates the registration as pre-1961, location Monaghan.  The VW Beetle parked across the street has a registration plate beginning with Z, the next letter isn't clear, the Z indicates an Ireland registration.  The shop most clearly visible is T Byrne at no.37.

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Believed to be Dublin, 1963.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

'walk on by'

Believed to be Dublin, 1963.  Snapshot in an orphaned album.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

an illusion

Orphaned snapshot.

Monday, 19 November 2012


Orphaned snapshot, c1950.

Sunday, 18 November 2012


POŜTKARTOJ (48), last week, was doing the laundry, this week we're hanging it out to dry.
Roughly translated:
"whoever gets dirty playing, has to do the washing".

and in Esperanto:

Friday, 16 November 2012

Cadillac sur Dordogne

Postcard, postally unused, c1918.

59. Besançon - la Citadelle

The citadel of Besançon seen here in about 1918, was built in the latter half of the 17th century. In 2008 it was listed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  Wiki link here.

13. Moreuil

General View of Moreuil, France. 1918.  Postally unused and presumably one of a series.
I found this wiki page relating to the Battle of Moreuil Wood, 30 March 1918.

Monday, 12 November 2012

remembering . . .

an unknown soldier, a scan of a found negative.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday stamps

As today is Remembrance Day, I'm posting stamps with that in mind.
Firstly this was a special sheet issued by the Royal Mail in November 2007 entitled 'Letters from the Front' with a lovely poppy stamp and letters sent from three servicemen and one servicewoman during the First World War. 

This 3p stamp was issued in August of 1971 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.  This was one value in the British Anniversaries set (of which there were several). The stamps shows the servicemen and a nurse dressed in the uniforms of 1921.

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Saturday, 10 November 2012


roughly translated:
"How beautiful it is to rinse the linen in the clear water which flows by"

Washing by hand in a stream outdoors doesn't really appeal to me somehow, even with the Alpine scenery.  Anyway it made for a cute postcard in the 1940s.

Friday, 9 November 2012


I'm surprised that Bill doesn't have the blackout cover on the headlight, the photo must be just before the second World War.  The registration letters on the motorcycle are CLF 96, the CLF dates the registration to 1935, location London.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

'me as Harold Lloyd'

A 1920's snapshot in an album.  Another young lady dressed as a famous male (see forever young).
I have no idea which of Harold Lloyd's characters or films she is imitating.  Any ideas?
More on Harold Lloyd here.
The carpet of daisies is rather pretty, even in b&w.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

look familiar?

you may recognise one of the ladies from Monday's photo (the clue's in the pattern).

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

forever young

Miss Zena Dare in 'Peter Pan'.
More about the Edwardian actress here.

Monday, 5 November 2012


the shoes and dresses suggest late 1920s (I think), or we could be into the early 1930s.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Sunday Stamps

For this week's Sunday Stamps theme of water, the stamp below was issued by Egypt in 1963 - 'The Suez Canal long distance swimming championship'

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Saturday, 3 November 2012


roughly translated -

"The sun is shining!  Flowers blossom along the path, slow down fiery steed"

and in Esperanto -

Here's the next pc in the album.  Sent from Italy in the 1940s.

Friday, 2 November 2012

AKA 933

I think the photo dates from the late 1940s, but the car registration - AKA 933 - indicates the car was registered in the Liverpool (B) area, in 1934.
The old classic car website is great for looking up vintage registrations, here's a link.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

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