Tuesday, 30 April 2013

the lads . . .

. . . sitting on the wall outside the York House Hotel in Eastbourne (see earlier post).
The young man in the centre has some rather fancy two-tone shoes.

Monday, 29 April 2013

a dark cloud descended . . .

I hope it didn't spoil the day . . . .

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's free choice, this set was issued in 1963 by Egypt featuring the UNESCO Campaign to save the Temples at Abu Simbel.  The temples were being relocated to prevent them disappearing forever under the waters of Lake Nasser.

I've visited the Temples at Abu Simbel, and they are truly breathtaking, I think it would be very hard (probably impossible) to capture that on a stamp.

Here's the wiki link for more information on Abu Simbel and the UNESCO campaign.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Friday, 26 April 2013

blinded by the light

a slightly lesser 'light effect again.
Snapshot from the late 1920s, somewhere in the UK.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

blinded by the light

Not quite so dramatic as yesterday's 'light effect' but still succeeding in making a mystery man out of the chap on the end of the row.  The photos posted this week all come from the same little bundle, and hence possibly the same camera.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

blinded by the light

I think this might be a light leak, but it seems to guarantee the anonymity of the young lady at the outdoor tea.  Snapshot from the late 1920s.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

heavenly light

Now whether this is intentional or not, I can't say, but the effect is really quite magical and other-worldly.  Snapshot from the late 1920s, location somewhere in the UK.

Monday, 22 April 2013

dark and light

Maybe the back of the camera was opened slightly before the film was fully rewound, I don't know for sure. These young men are outside the York House Hotel, although I don't know the town.  The date is thought to be the late 1920s.

Edit: thanks to Rob from Amersfoort for finding the York House Hotel at Eastbourne.  Brilliant detective work!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of remembrances/celebrations/anniversaries in April, I found the following stamps in my (disorganised) 'collection'.
The Queen has a birthday on 21st April, the stamp below was issued by Hong Kong for her 60th birthday.

Shakespeare (allegedly) has his birthday on 23rd April, St George's Day, the next stamp is one of a set issued 23 April 1964 for the Shakespeare Festival. The year of his birth was 1564, so this was a centenary year.

The next stamp dates from 1965 and is for the Centenary of Joseph Lister's discovery of antiseptic - and I've included it with today's theme as a 'medical-themed' stamp for World Health Day, 7th April. 

So, as I was looking for stamps for this week, I 'found' several which would've been perfect for recent themes, if only I had found them in the correct week, so here they are . . . (if the theme comes up again I am sure to have 'lost' them) . . .

the lighthouse off Beachy Head, in a set from 2006 . . . 

a couple of stamps with minerals . . .

and this one from a landscapes set in 1966, is County Antrim, N Ireland . . .

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Saturday, 20 April 2013


This brings us to the final postcard in the album.  Sent from Italy to England in the mid-1940s, they must have been a joy to receive.  The album holds 100 postcards, but I've managed to get through them in 71 posts, allowing for the odd duplicate, the odd stray and some posts containing more than one postcard.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing them.
I think this card is one of my favourites.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Newgate Gap, Cliftonville, Margate

This holiday snap dates from the 1920s.  

Although there was nothing written on the reverse to identify the location, I found a postcard (sent in 1962) in my 'accumulation of stuff' which solved that mystery.

I haven't really found much more out about it by googling, but I did find this article on 'The Bridges over Newgate Gap', from the Margate Handbook.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

a lighthouse - unidentified location

Another lighthouse somewhere on the UK coast, but exact location unclear.  This is the last of my 'unknown lighthouses' photos and is not the sharpest image, but possibly still identifiable.  It belongs to 'different photos' of the lighthouses seen so far this week, it's from the 1950s and came with a fair number of holiday snaps, some of Llandudno, Wales, some of Paignton, Devon, and other unknown locations.
If you recognise this lighthouse, then please leave a comment, thanks.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

a lighthouse - (now identified)

Unidentified location. (now identified see below).  I think the photo dates from the 1930s (but doesn't belong with the same photos as the previous two lighthouses) and the location will be somewhere in the UK.
If you know where it is, please leave a comment, thanks. The cliff on the right may be a clue.

Edit: Thanks to Karen S, it looks like Eddystone lighthouse off Plymouth.  (wiki link)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Portland Bill lighthouse

Portland Bill lighthouse, 1935.   Both location and date were written on the album page for this photo.

Monday, 15 April 2013

a lighthouse

at present unidentified (now identified, see update below).  I think the photo dates from the 1930s (based on the other photos it is with), and the location is somewhere in the UK.  I have just been looking at lighthouses trying to identify it, but haven't found it yet.  I did wonder if it were the Lizard Lighthouse (seen from a different angle to the photo on the link), but I'm not 100% convinced.   If you know where it is, please leave a comment, thanks :).
And if you like lighthouses, and lighthouses on stamps, have a look at yesterday's Sunday stamps.

Edit -  thanks to Sheila, at a Postcard a Day, it's the lighthouse at South Foreland above the White Cliffs of Dover, in Kent.  Here's a link to the National Trust page.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Sunday stamps

Some lighthouses from Sri Lanka.

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Saturday, 13 April 2013


Sent from Italy to England in the 1940s.

Friday, 12 April 2013


"With Love, Norma"

Thursday, 11 April 2013


"Yours Truly, Martha"

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

sometimes . . .

. . . the people in the 'walking pictures' are sitting down.
Taken in late 1930s, location unknown.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


A snapshot from the late 1930s.

Monday, 8 April 2013


A snapshot stuck in an album, page dated 1936.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme, I've found a couple of stamps in my 'collection/stash' which relate to the environment.  The above stamps from West Germany, issued in May 1980 are about conservation areas, 'Naturschutzgebiete'.  It has a nice cancellation too but I'm not sure of the significance, the place is Ketsch, on the Rhein (wiki link).

The next stamp was issued in 1993 for an international horticultural exhibition in Stuttgart.

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Saturday, 6 April 2013


Another of the postcards sent in the mid-1940s from Italy to England.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal

The memorial to Kaiser Wilhelm in Bremen.  Postcard dates from 1933.  This was Kaiser Wilhelm I, the grandfather of the Kaiser Wilhelm II who was ruling Germany at the time of the First World War.
Kaiser Wilhelm I wiki link here.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

HRH Princess Margaret of Connaught

A granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Margaret of Connaught was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Luise Margarete of Prussia.  She married Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in 1905.  She died suddenly in 1920 aged 38.
She was a sister to Prince Arthur of Connaught, who opened the Birmingham Hall of Memory.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

"Honest Bob"

Postcard of the grave and memorial to Robert Chambers, the champion boat rower.  He was born in Walker, near Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1831, and died from TB in June 1868.  He is buried in the Walker Parish Church graveyard.
You can read more about him on the wiki page here and here.
There are some wonderful photos of the memorial and churchyard here, on the 'Photographs of Newcastle' blog.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Birmingham - Hall of Memory

The Hall of Memory in Birmingham was built as a memorial to the people of Birmingham who were killed or wounded in the First World War.  Work began in 1923, and it was opened by HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught (a grandson of Queen Victoria, wiki link) on 4th July 1925.
Most of the photos in this small album are dated 1925, so I would imagine this was taken that same year, after the opening.
The Hall of Memory has a website here, where you can search the books and read the names of those killed in the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
Wiki link here.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Two views . . .

. . . of the Menai Suspension Bridge . . .

the first from 1925, the second from the 1950s/early 1960s.

The Menai Suspension Bridge was completed in 1826 and links the island of Anglesey with mainland Wales.  It was designed by Thomas Telford.  For more info, here's the wiki link.
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