Thursday, 31 January 2013

a des res

A desirable residence indeed.
Location unknown (other than somewhere in the UK) and at a time when you had a driveway but not necessarily a garage.  I would think the house was built in the 1920s.

Edit:  thanks to Howard, it was probably built earlier, presumably pre-WW1.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

on the doorstep

A snapshot from the mid/late 1920s.  As this was in a bag of old photos, I may find I have a picture of the house too, if so I haven't spotted it yet.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

a snowy scene

Probably 1920s.  Found photo.
Our snow has gone now, quite glad to see the back of it, although everywhere looks grimy once the snow goes.

Monday, 28 January 2013

home sweet home

When looking through real photo postcards (RPPCs), you find a lot in this style, which date from say 1902 - 1912, where the photographer was presumably going door to door and taking your picture on your doorstep.   You can see the attraction and they were obviously very popular. Unfortunately most of them are a mystery as no one wrote the address or the name of the people on the reverse.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunday stamps

This stamp was issued by Egypt in 1972 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of Jean François Champollion, the French Egyptologist, (wiki link) deciphering Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1822.  He was able to do this thanks to there being three scripts, Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic script and Ancient Greek,  on the Rosetta Stone. 

The Rosetta Stone (wiki link) is in the British Museum and is one of those artefacts which Egypt would like returned.  When I last visited the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, they have a copy on display.  It would be nice if they could have the original.

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Saturday, 26 January 2013


'Rouen. La Seine au pont Corneille'

The next postcard in the album was sent from Rouen, France to England in July 1949.  

Friday, 25 January 2013

a walk in the park

Found snapshot on album pages from the early 1950s.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

having a laugh

The shoes suggest 1920s.  Maybe the photographer was telling jokes which the young lady on the left didn't find amusing, either that or she was just cold.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


a winter visit to the photographer.
Possibly 1920s, maybe earlier.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


over the garden wall.  1960s.  Found snapshot.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sunday stamps

Some cartoon style stamps from the not too distant past for this week's theme.

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Saturday, 19 January 2013


A postcard of the Cafe Restaurant "Kiviet" at Vlissingen in the Netherlands, is the next postcard in the album.  I would think this is late 1940s.  The Union flag is on the left, the flag of the Netherlands is on the right, but I'm not sure of the one in the middle.
I've just found that the cafe has its own wiki page here.

Friday, 18 January 2013


We have snow, and it's still snowing!  As per usual the country is grinding to a halt or gridlock.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

stylish ladies

Found snapshot, late 1920s/early 1930s.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

the cookery class

Found snap, 1930s.  It could also be titled beware of the teacher based on how she's holding the rolling pin :).

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Don't get too close!

Found photo, I would think this is at a circus rather than a zoo.  The photo dates from the early 1960s.

Monday, 14 January 2013


After a dusting of snow and temperatures on freezing this last weekend, we're forecast some snow today.  I'm preferring the cold to the damp and fog that we've had with the milder weather.
Today's photo is of early 1960's snow, location unknown.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of beginnings, I have a commemorative cover for Concorde's first commercial scheduled flight from London to Washington, 24th May 1976.  It was posted at Heathrow in the Concorde terminal.

I've posted a Concorde 1st day cover before.  The Concorde stamps were issued in 1969 (for the first flight) and were in 'old money' (ie pre decimal currency) so even if you had saved a Concorde stamp, you wouldn't have been able to use it alone on a cover like this.

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Saturday, 12 January 2013


The next postcard in the album was sent in 1921 (I think) to Miss A E Baxter who lived on Guernsey.  Written in Esperanto, the message remains a mystery. 

If anyone would like to translate the message, please do :).

Friday, 11 January 2013

get your skates on!

The above snaps are quite small and stuck on white card album pages.  They date from the early 1920s and a winter holiday to the Alps.  It must have been quite challenging (not to mention cold) skating wearing a skirt.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

stay warm

Mother and daughters and hats.
RPPC, 1920s.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

stay warm

Mother and daughter are well wrapped up against the cold for what looks like a winter visit to the seaside.  From the same album as yesterday's pictures, date c1930.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

stay warm

Snaps in an album, these date from the late 1920s.

Monday, 7 January 2013

wound on

This snap comes from a found album with pictures from the 1930s and 1940s, and I'm glad that this one made it into the album.  It's one of those shots where the film must not have been wound on sufficiently, at least I think that's how this used to happen.   For all that we can create in photoshop, I think it would be hard to get this particular effect quite as good as it can be in film. 

Sunday, 6 January 2013


late 1930s snow.  We haven't had any snow so far this winter.

Saturday, 5 January 2013


The end of a dream by Louis Ridel (1866-1937)

Postcard sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Hollywood Scale

(Just to say it's not my weight ticket.)  Presumably this personal weighing service meant that someone filled in the ticket for you, so it's not just a ticket churned out by a machine.  I wonder if the person intended to keep the ticket or it just got kept by chance and put in with the old photos.

Thursday, 3 January 2013


Found snapshot, late 1940s/50s, location unknown.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

POŜTKARTOJ (55) - Bonne Année

This postcard was sent from Leonard, who was serving in the First World War and was in Belgium at the time, to Doris in England.  Undated.  He says that he hadn't been able to write for Christmas as they were on the march.  
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