Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sincerely yours

When I was getting ready to post yesterday's photo of Ida, I realised that this was also a photo of Ida. She was born in 1898 and lived in Cardiff, Wales, and came from quite a large family.  On the 1911 census, her parents said they'd had 13 children, 9 of whom were still living (in 1911). Her parents were James and Emily (neé Key Hinton, who originated from Worcestershire.  I always wonder the reasons people move large distances, especially years ago, presumably the reasons were economic, moving for work.  The same as nowadays.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

winter - sincerely yours

Ida Hinton, 27/2/18.
95 years ago today.  Ida was 19 at the time.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Unknown young lady, c1918.

Monday, 25 February 2013


Found snapshot, possibly 1930s/40s.

Sunday, 24 February 2013


It's still very cold here, so I thought I'd post a lady dressed for winter.  This cdv dates from around 1900 (I think).

Saturday, 23 February 2013


I'm not sure if Zocchi is the artist for this postcard, I found reference to a painter named 'Giuseppe Zocchi', but I don't think this looks like his work.  The title (very) roughly translates to 'Happy Mother' (from Italian and Esperanto).  Anyhow it was the next card in the album.

Friday, 22 February 2013

the tea party

An Edwardian (or maybe slightly later, say early 1910s) postcard, postally unused but re-used (not by me) in more recent times as a place setting.  

Thursday, 21 February 2013


Just off the coast of  . . . well I can't say precisely, but it might be South Wales, c1930.  I imagine the buildings visible are all gone.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Found snapshot, 1930s.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Monday, 18 February 2013

"Keep your seats please"

Whenever you can see a sign or poster in a snapshot, you always hope that it can be read and that it will throw some extra light on the photo itself.  One of the posters that can just be seen on the wall behind the group is advertising the film, 'Keep Your Seats Please', starring George Formby (wiki link) and Florence Desmond which was showing at 'the Palace'.  The film was released in 1936, and I've found this clip on youtube of George Formby singing and playing in the film.  Enjoy :)

Sunday, 17 February 2013

and the band played on . . .

an afternoon concert at the seaside, probably in the late 1930s.  Found snapshot.

Saturday, 16 February 2013


"From one side or the other always a kiss"

also in Esperanto . . .

The theme of romance continues with this postcard sent from Italy to England in May of 1944.  There's something slightly surreal about the image.

Friday, 15 February 2013

an optical illusion

Notice Blackpool Tower in the background.
See also.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

intoxicating . . .

. . . as kisses once were . . .
this postcard was written in 1916, though not for Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


The young lady in the fair isle cardigan looks very stylish.
This found photo is a 'walking picture' taken by a seaside photographer, 1950s I think.  I'm not sure of the location, it could be Rhyl, but it could just as likely be another seaside town.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


I'm sure he wasn't really a giant, it's just a matter of perspective.
Found snapshot, 1950s.

Monday, 11 February 2013


1950s, found snapshot.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sunday stamps

I've interpreted this week's Valentine theme quite broadly and chosen this booklet set of stamps, entitled 'Memories' which was issued January 28 1992, just in time for Valentine's Day.  It's not exactly a Valentine's set, but it does have a nostalgic, romantic style.

The stamps I have appear to have been cancelled to order and have a very nice Kings Cross cancellation.  It is very easy to miss the stamps issued in booklets, and I don't recall seeing any of these in use.
Below are the labels which came in the booklet along with the stamps.

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Saturday, 9 February 2013


This is the next postcard in the album, the majority of which were sent from Italy to England in the mid 1940s.  A few 'strays' have crept into the album, and I think this may be one of them and so may be slightly earlier.

Friday, 8 February 2013


Blackpool Tower.  1950s found snapshot.
wiki link for Blackpool Tower.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

when the boat comes in . . .

found snapshot from the 1950s, exact location (in the UK) unknown.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

a man and a van . . .

. . . in Bournmouth, in 1954.  Always useful.
If anyone knows the model of the van, please let me know, thanks.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013


He looks a loyal companion.  Found snapshot of a much loved corgi.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Sunday stamps

I found an FDC from 1981 with butterflies for this week's insect theme.

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Saturday, 2 February 2013


The next postcard in the album shows the Casino Kursaal in Ostende, by night.
I found this wiki page saying that in 1940 the building was destroyed in the War, so this postcard would appear to date from the 1930s and show the earlier building, which doesn't look at all like the pictures on the wiki page for the current Casino.

Friday, 1 February 2013

no place like home

another des res.  Exact location unknown.  Found photo 1930s.
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