Monday, 31 March 2014

Bye bye Rutland

40 years since the last day of Rutland.  Who'd have thought it!
3½ p to send a letter - who'd have thought it!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme, I have a bus from Romania . . .

and a cover celebrating Blackpool trams . . .

The National Tramway Museum looks a fun day out (here's a link to their website - I haven't been and don't have any connections, but it looks as though it opens for the season this weekend, timely posting of the cover).
Here's the wiki link.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Friday, 28 March 2014

Thursday, 27 March 2014

an outdoor portrait

This lady looks to be holding something up which remains just outside the frame of the photo.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

RPPC by J E Carew, of Westgrove Studios, 22 High Road, Wood Green, N. (London).

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

RPPC portrait by C W Greaves & Co Ltd of Halifax.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday stamps

Farm animals and farms was not such an easy find (for me) for this week's theme, but I did come across the following . . . .

. . . quite a few cattle - though I have shown the Argentinian stamps before . . .

 two sheep from the Falklands (also shown before)

a tractor from the DDR

and my favourite, which is a little off theme, a Delft cow from the Netherlands.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Lichfield Cathedral

snapshot, probably mid/late 1940s.
It looks to have less green space around it than in the picture on wiki.

Friday, 21 March 2014

happy memories

'on the pier at Llandidno 1946'.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

on the corner of the street

Early 1960s for this street corner snapshot, where in addition to the Lyons Tea advertising beneath the corner shop window, there's an ad for Craven "A", a time when cigarette ads were allowed to say things like, 'will not affect your throat'.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

in the boatyard

The mini has the registration plate letters BJT and the year letter B, which puts the location of registration in Dorset and the year 1964, so I would say this snapshot is towards the end of the 1960s.

Monday, 17 March 2014

men at work

early 1960s.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday stamps

This week's theme of 'letters, postcards and the post' gives me an excuse to post this very pretty German stamp from 1991 for 'Stamp Day'.

And where would we be without letter boxes?  These fine examples appeared on a set issued by the Isle of Man.

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

tinted sepia

Ripon Tor, Dartmoor, 1930s.

Friday, 14 March 2014

in the backyard

clothes on the line and cabbages.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

a pint . . .

The headline (or part of it) on the newspaper in the background reads, 'Hands off Africa'.
Snapshot c1960, I think taken on a ferry.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

streets were quieter back then

c1960, location unknown.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014


At first the paper on the lap made me think they were eating chips, but on closer inspection, I think it's sandwiches (probably wrapped in greaseproof paper).  As for what was on the sandwiches . . . potted meat?

Monday, 10 March 2014


at a wedding, I think, c1960.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday stamps

Last week I had a stamp with Dr Theodor Bilharz, this week I'm staying with medicine for the theme of 'women on stamps', I have two stamps with nurses.  The first one was issued by Cuba in 1957 to remember Victoria Bru Sanchez (1876 - 1918), a nurse who died whilst fighting the influenza epidemic of 1918.  In 1924 the 3rd of June, the day of her birth, became 'Nurses' Day' in Cuba.

The next stamp is Polish and appears to be connected with nursing and children, though I don't know the specifics.

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Edit: Not to be forgotten Florence Nightingale who made an appearance in the anniversaries set from 1970

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Friday, 7 March 2014


a Morris 1100, the HHV number plate indicates registration in the London area (the London Transport bus just coming into view leads one to believe it is still in that area), the letter D gives the year of registration as (from October) 1966.  So the photo could be any time from the late 60's to early 70's on a cold but sunny day.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

a(nother) black car

shiny and probably 1950s.  If you know the make, please let me know, thanks.

Monday, 3 March 2014

a young driver

This snap may take us into the early 1960s.  Parked cars (from left to right) are a black car (I revert to naming a car by its colour when I don't know the make ;) ), a mini traveller, a triumph herald and that may be the nose of Ford cortina.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sunday stamps

For this week's free choice, I have an FDC from Egypt commemorating the centenary of the death of Dr Theodor Bilharz, who discovered the worm responsible for the disease often referred to as bilharzia. (wiki link).

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

postally used in July 1914.
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