Sunday, 30 June 2013

Sunday stamps

For today's free theme, I dipped into my Egyptian collection and have these 2 covers for the investiture of King Farouk on 29 July 1937.

Farouk was aged 16 when he became King in 1936, here's the wiki link if you'd like to read more about him.  As for this issue of stamps, two more values were later issued,  a yellow-green 6 mil in 1940, and a grey-violet 20 mil in 1944 (not shown).

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Wiesbaden - Kochbrunnen

The 'Kochbrunnen' is the famous hot spring in Wiesbaden, Germany.  The postcard dates I think from c1910, and the view today seems quite changed.
Google view of the square here.

Friday, 28 June 2013

lots of hay

old fashioned summer days.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

lots of lawn

someone's back garden.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

lots of windows

the rear view of a hotel somewhere in the UK, probably in the 1950s.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

lots of wall

1930s snapshot.

Monday, 24 June 2013

lots of sky

1930s snapshot.  They all look so alike.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of 'churches, castles and fortifications', I decided to look through my 'accumulation' of Egyptian stamps for a stamp showing the Citadel in Cairo, which is the first stamp below, and then continuing with 'religious buildings', I found some more with mosques and minarets.

Cairo Citadel (wiki link)

Sultan Hassan mosque, Cairo (wiki link)
These were issued in 1953 and are part of a set with other images.
(click on the image to view large)

Then next views of minarets and mosques in Cairo, airmail issues.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Place de Brouckère, Brussels

A postcard of the Place de Brouckère, Brussels, early 1900s.
Looking at the google view today, there was more elegance back then.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Thursday, 20 June 2013

square (4) - the bungalow

The driveway and garage doors make me think 1960s, but could be the early 1970s.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

square (3) - the car park

For me it's the parked cars that make this snapshot.  I don't know the name of the vessel or the location (other than somewhere on the UK coast).

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

square (2) - a sleeping dog

. . . best left lying.

Monday, 17 June 2013


a late 1920s snapshot.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Alexanderplatz, Berlin, DDR

Today's postcard is from the mid 1980s, and I bought it in East Berlin.  77 years on from yesterday's view, this part of Berlin was at the time in the DDR (East Germany).  The Fernsehturm (television tower) was constructed at the edge of Alexanderplatz, so we can roughly see the area.  There's no comparison really with 1908 scene.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Alexanderplatz, Berlin

Postcard from my collection, dated August 1908, but postally unused.  When Berlin was divided, Alexanderplatz was in East Berlin, I think I also have a postcard from that time.  It looked very different then (I will have to have a sort through my postcards from trips).
More about Alexanderplatz here (wiki link).
The statue that can be seen towards the centre right is of 'Berolina', built to glorify the troops of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871 ) (wiki link here).  Berolina stood in Alexanderplatz from 1895 to 1944.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013

lost in the light

1930s snapshot, family group, probably out on a picnic, disappearing into the light leaks.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

to the folks back home

A snapshot sent from the US back to family in England.  No other information, maybe 1930s.
It's amazing how many people have their photo taken standing in front of a line of washing.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013


Hard to date this one, I'm thinking it could fit anywhere in the rather wide time frame of 1930s - 1950s.  Hairstyle and cufflinks suggest earlier (within that time frame), it's a shame we can't see more of his suit or the background in the office.

Monday, 10 June 2013

A distant view

of the beach where the girls on Friday's photo were sitting.
Their friends who enjoyed playing cricket can be seen here.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of unusually shaped stamps, I have a couple of examples of printed stationery from Egypt.  The first envelope dates from 1889 and is the size of a carte de visite.  The design depicts the Sphinx and one of the Giza Pyramids.

The next one dates from about 1912/13 and is what I'd describe as a 'regular-sized' envelope for a letter.  In both cases the designs are embossed, this one depicts the Sphinx.  These designs only appeared on the printed stationery.

Next a couple of large stamps . . . one from 1979, showing the Temple of Ramses II at Aswan.

The next stamp shows President Anwar Sadat and in the background the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier in Cairo.  He was assassinated while watching a military parade on 6 October 1981 at the site of the monument, and it is the place where he was laid to rest.
(Unknown Soldier Memorial wiki link)

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Berlin - Siegesallee

Postcard (postally unused) of the Siegesallee, Berlin c1905.
Notice the white marble statues, commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II on the occasion of his 36th birthday in 1895, can be seen lining the edge of the avenue.  

Friday, 7 June 2013

on the beach

late 1920s snapshot.
I don't know if they are related as these ladies look quite similar, but that might just be the effect of the same hairstyle x3.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

in the back garden

this kind of snapshot is one of my favourites :)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

60 years ago today

the date stamped on the reverse of this photo is 5 June 1953.
Taken by a photographer in Warley, West Midlands.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

a smile

An orphaned snapshot.

Monday, 3 June 2013


The same setting as Thursday's photo.  Two of the line up were obviously more than just friends :)

Thursday's photo I've had for probably over a year, this one is a recent acquisition (so recent that I didn't have it when I posted the photo on Thursday).  I think that originally, back in the day, (I'm still unsure on the date, maybe late 1920s/1930), the photos were together, one must have been given away, and through some turn of fate both have been cleared out in house clearances, and found their way back together.
Both snaps are a bit tatty and torn around the edges, and this one looks like it may have been taken out of an album, but I am pleased they have found each other again.
I don't know the identity of the couple, but I will be looking out for them (and any clues) as I scan some more.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Sunday stamps

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2nd June 1953.  As today is the 60th anniversary, I decided to post this commemorative aerogramme air letter.  This one wasn't used until November that year.

Another Coronation Souvenir which must have been printed and bought in vast numbers is this postcard by Valentine's.  The reverse informs us that the prints were flown to Dundee on Coronation Day, and the postcards were on sale, by 11am on June 3rd.

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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Michaeliskirche, Hamburg

Postcard used in 1930.
wiki link for the St Michaelis Church, Hamburg.
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