Monday, 31 December 2012

Enjoy Yourself!

Oh the hokey cokey, oh the hokey cokey . . . .

Sunday, 30 December 2012

don't forget . . .

. . . the Party 7. This early 1960s snap shows the M&B version.  
Remember those large cans of beer for your parties in the 1960s and '70s?  We used to have a Party 7 at Christmas when I was little, we even had one of the special beertaps, how civilised!
Here's a story from the Daily Mail from 2010 re. the Party 7.

Sunday stamps

For this week's end of year theme of endings, I struck lucky and found several Egyptian stamps which relating to the history of Egypt illustrate endings of one sort or another.

The first stamp was issued in April 1944 and commemorates the 8th anniversary of the death of King Fouad  I, the father of King Farouk.  King Fouad is on the stamp.  This portrait is unusual in that King Fouad was usually shown wearing a fez or other headwear.  Here's the wiki link for King Fouad.

The next stamp issued on 6 May 1947 (the anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Farouk) commemorates the total evacuation of British Troops from the Nile Delta.  I presume this was the troops leaving after the end of the Second World War.  The stamp shows King Farouk wearing the uniform of the Supreme Chief of the Army and raising the Egyptian Flag.  In the background, the outline of the three pyramids is visible.

The next set, issued on 11 February 1952 (11 February was the birthday of King Farouk) commemorates the abrogation of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty (dating from 1936, wiki link).  The treaty had been abrogated by the Egyptian government on 16 October 1951.  This is significant regarding the Suez Canal.

The next set of two stamps issued 4 November 1954 were issued under President Nasser (King Farouk went into exile in 1952 and Egypt became a Republic) marking the agreement in October 1954 for the evacuation of British troops from the Suez Canal (wiki link to Suez Canal crisis).

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Best Christmas Greetings

"I hope this Yuletide you'll receive
Such store of gifts and tokens kind,
From those you love that it will leave
The very happiest thought behind."

This lovely postcard was sent to Nancy Levey in 1922 by her Grandma.

Friday, 28 December 2012


Found snapshot, date on reverse - printed Jan 1963.

Thursday, 27 December 2012


a Christmas scene from the early 1960s.  Found photo.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

A Happy Christmas

"Dainty little maiden,
Take this greeting true,
A Christmas bringing happiness,
And every joy to you."

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

"Gesegnete Weihnachten"

"Blessed Christmas"

Sent from Germany to Wales in 1929.

Monday, 24 December 2012

watching the tree

Wishing all my blog friends a Merry Christmas.  Thanks for passing by :).

Sunday, 23 December 2012

"May life's blessings, . . .

"May life's blessings rich and rare
Greet your footsteps everywhere,
Love and hope light every day, 
Gladness cheer your future way."

Saturday, 22 December 2012


A card with a seasonal theme.  Sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.

Friday, 21 December 2012

International Church - Heliopolis

The International Church in Heliopolis, Cairo, c1918.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Abbas Avenue - Heliopolis

Abbas Avenue, Heliopolis, Cairo.  Postcard published by the Cairo Postcard Trust, c1918. Postally unused.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Abbas mosque - Heliopolis

c1918.  Published by the Cairo Postcard Trust, postally unused.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Pyramids Street - Heliopolis

c1918.  Published by the Cairo Postcard Trust, postally unused.
More about the history of Heliopolis here.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Boulevard Abbas - Heliopolis

The postcard shows Boulevard Abbas in the suburb of Heliopolis, Cairo.  Sent from Egypt to England in 1918.  This street is not far from the Presidential Palace, which is currently in the news.

"One of the main streets  nearly all these places are let on the flat system.  When I came to Egypt first, we used to route march through these streets every morning.  It was fine.
Your Billy
April 17th / 18"

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Boulevard Ismael - Heliopolis

Boulevard Ismael, Heliopolis, Cairo.   c1920.

Saturday, 15 December 2012


"The game of the Gods"

The next postcard in the album, sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.

Friday, 14 December 2012

SN 8335

SN 8335 - the registration letters SN were used for Dunbartonshire between 1903 and 1946, but I would suspect this car was registered towards the end of that period.  (Registration info thanks to the old classic car).

Thursday, 13 December 2012

the open road

1920s found photo, possibly in Scotland or the Lake District.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012


Found photo.  Precise location unknown.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

the pipe-smoking shadow

Found photo.  Even shadows smoked pipes in the 1930s.

Monday, 10 December 2012

handle with care

Always wear gauntlets when handling your ferret.
The above may sound like a euphemism . . . 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sunday stamps

For this week's Sunday Stamps #100, I've chosen this set of Egyptian stamps to commemorate the International Aviation Congress in Cairo.  They were issued on 20 December 1933.

The 13 and 15 mil values depict the Dornier "Do X" flying boat (wiki link here), the 20 mil depicts the Graf Zeppelin airship.  The Graf Zeppelin did actually land in Cairo in April 1931.  I would have loved to see a Graf Zeppelin flying, it must have been an amazing sight and even more amazing to travel on one.  Here's the wiki link.

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Friday, 7 December 2012

maybe . . .

he's called Morris.
Registration on the Morris Minor in front is NCM 860 - registered in the Birkenhead area, 1962.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

the greenhouse

probably early 1960s.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


is written on the reverse.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme, 'stamps with a message',  I've gone for a postal history angle, whilst the stamps themselves don't have a message as such, the message is in the slogan postmark. 
Here are some I scanned . . . (click the image to see the larger version)

The slogan on the left (below) 'advertises' the 1971 census (for overseas readers, the UK population census takes place every 10 years, in years ending with a 1)

The top slogan (below) is one from Ireland, the next one is part of the countryside code, I remember seeing tv adverts along the same lines in the 1970s.

Below the FDC for the Robert Burns 1966 commemoratives has a slogan cancellation - 'Help save your Doctor's time' - I'm not sure what you were supposed to do (or not do) to achieve this, maybe not go to the doctor at all.

Finally a couple of seasonal slogans of which there have been many, I don't think they'd be too happy if you posted cards in bundles nowadays.  We do still get slogan postmarks today, but they aren't as good as they used to be, not so varied and generally not so clearly stamped.

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Saturday, 1 December 2012


'Toute la famille . . ', this is one of the postcards in the album which 'doesn't belong' with the cards sent from Italy to England, but I'm glad it was somehow included as it's one of my favourites.  It was sent from France to England in 1949, to a little boy called Derek from his mother.
She wrote,

"Dear little Deds,
Be a good boy for Nan while Mummy is away and you will get a nice fire engine, 
lots of love Mummy."
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