Friday, 31 January 2014

Michael at the Palace

'Buckingham Palace.  Michael in foreground.'

1930s snapshot.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

'in splints'

'Houses of Parliament as seen from Lambeth Embankment.  Big Ben in splints on right.'

1930s snapshot.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Hampton Court Palace

'Looking towards the rear of Hampton Court Palace'

Another view from the 1930s.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

'J Mills. T W Hardeman'

Another from the album, the lady in the centre is 'mother'.

Monday, 27 January 2014


Another snapshot from the album, this one entitled 'Frogholt'.  According to wiki, Frogholt is a hamlet near Folkestone in Kent.  There are 8 houses and this snapshot appears to be the 'Old Kent Cottage' built in the 15th century (wiki link).

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sunday stamps

One of the most magnificent landscapes I have seen, is that of the Giza Plateau with the Pyramids, so I've scanned some stamps with the pyramids for this week's theme.

The above are the oldest of the selection, with the  grey 5 piastre value being issued in 1879, and the green 2 mil values issued between 1888 and 1902.  The 5 piastre has a Fayum cancellation 1910, and the 2 mil is Alexandria 1909.
The next two stamps are from an airmail series issued in 1933, with a Handley Page HP42 over the pyramids.

The above 30 mil with a young King Farouk and the pyramids in the background was issued 1939 - 1945.
The next stamps are all airmail, the centre one dates from 1972, the first and third are from 1978 - 1985.
The Pyramid on the 115 mil is the Step Pyramid at Saqqara which is a short drive from Cairo.

Finally a cover showing 2 of the 1933 airmail stamps, I think this is my favourite of the pyramid stamps.

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

'overlooking Hastings'

It all looks very close to the sea.
Early 1930s.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Thursday, 23 January 2014

in the background

. . . Hastings Castle.  In the foreground the creator of the album.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

'A fine bridge'

early 1930s, still there today (google Mt Ephraim gardens).

Monday, 20 January 2014

a view

"Looking down on some of the grounds of Mt Ephraim, Nr Faversham."

Another snapshot from the same album (as last week's pictures), from the early 1930s.  

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday stamps

I'm sure these dogs have appeared in Sunday stamps before, but I thought they were perfect for the pets theme.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Thursday, 16 January 2014

just down the road from the Three Horseshoes . . .

and as seen today (link to googlemaps).
BMDB was the owner/creator of the album.  I notice that in these old albums, it's quite common to find people identified by their initials.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Three Horseshoes

So if you didn't quench your thirst in the 1930s at yesterday's pub, then maybe you would have visited The Three Horseshoes at Hernehill.  

As for the name 'The three horseshoes', according to wiki, pub names containing 'three' 'are often based on the arms of a London livery company or trade guild', so three horseshoes relates to the 'Worshipful Company of Farriers'.  Incidentally pubs called the three horseshoes are found all over the country, not just in the London area.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Fat Ox

at Tenterden.  From the same album as yesterday's picture, date - early 1930s.
From googling I see that the Fat Ox still exists as a pub.

Monday, 13 January 2014

The High Street

The High Street, Tenterden, early 1930s.  Snapshot stuck on an album page.

The view today (matching the roof and chimneys on the left).

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sunday stamps

For this week's free theme, I've chosen another set of Egyptian stamps in the series depicting the UNESCO campaign to preserve the Nubian monuments.  This set was issued in October 1964.

The 5m depicts Horus in front of the facade of the temple at Abu Simbel. (wiki link)
The 10m has Rameses II.

The 35m shows Isis.

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Friday, 10 January 2014

Quite a journey . . .

From Cairo to the Cape, mailed on May 29 1905 to Chicago, arrived New York June 24, Chicago June 25.
The postcard was probably bought en route at Port Said as the ship travelled down the Suez Canal.
Then over 100 years later, it's in England.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

on the beach

Although it looks like winter, it's nothing like this winter.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

the book corner

cosy for a grey winter day.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Monday, 6 January 2014

back to work

Sadly the detail in the background, doesn't allow the date on the calendar to be seen clearly, other than it's the end of a month with 31 days (or the first few days of a month following a month with 31 days) - most of the photos it came with are late 1920s/1930s, maybe the style of telephone gives a better approximation.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Sunday stamps

For the Olympics theme, I've gone back to 1984 and the LA summer games and this nice block of 4.

Not without controversy (wiki link).

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Friday, 3 January 2014

the party-goers

1930s I think.  Looks like it was a posh do. :)

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Post Day

January 2 is Post Day in Egypt which is the date in 1865 when the postal service transferred from the private 'Europea Posta' to the Egyptian government.
The FDC is from 1960.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!
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