Monday, 30 June 2014

on a cruise

scanned negative, 1950s.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday stamps

For the theme of archaeology, Egypt has plenty of stamps to choose from, so I think I found a set I haven't posted before.  Issued in March 1947 for the 25th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, the designs all have archaeological connections.

The 5ml depicts the 'triad of Mycerinus' whose tomb is the third of the Giza pyramids (wiki link).
The 15ml shows the  mortuary Temple of Ramses II (the Ramesseum) on the West Bank at Luxor (wiki link), the stamp is not quite so blue in reality.

Then two very well known faces of the past - Nefertiti on the 30ml (wiki link) and the mask of King Tutankhamun (wiki link).

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Beirut by night

1940s view of Central Beirut.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Beirut (4)

Beirut, 1940s.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Beirut (3)

Beirut, 1940s.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Beirut (2)

Downtown Beirut. 1940s.
wiki link

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Two views of Nejme Square, Beirut, showing the Hamidiyi Clock Tower.
These photos are souvenirs dating from the mid to late 1940s, and probably were bought as a set, 'Views of Beirut' or similar title.

From wiki (link)
"Nejme Square, or Place de l'Étoile, is the central square in the Downtown area. It is home to the Lebanese Parliament and its complementary buildings, two cathedrals, a museum, and several cafes and restaurants. Most notable for its Art Deco architecture, the square has become a recognizable icon of Beirut City worldwide. The jewel of the square is a 1930s clock-tower with its four-faced Rolex clock. The clock tower was gift from Lebanese-Brazilian émigré Michel Abed.[29] Today, the square is filled with tourists and locals who come here to dine, walk or enjoy the street life. The square is also known for its noticeable population of pigeons."

More photos to follow this week.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

identity unstuck

Photo from an identity card, WW2.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Monday, 16 June 2014

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme of circus, I vaguely remembered some circus stamps from the DDR from the 1970s and, what is even more surprising, managed to find them tucked away in a small album.  They were issued in 1978 and depict 'Circus arts in the DDR'.

I also found something far more modern from the Netherlands.

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Town Hall, Croydon

Postcard by C H Price, 62 High St, Croydon.  c1915.

Here's the link to the google street view.
The Clock Tower still has the Spread Eagle as its neighbour.  I have no idea what was across the street from the Town Hall at the time of this postcard, suffice it to say, it's not there now.

Friday, 13 June 2014

'Camp de Coetquidan (Morbihan)'

The 'Camp de Coetquidan' is the French military academy in Morbihan,  Brittany (wiki link).

The postcard is dated 1923 (I think), written in Farsi or Arabic (I'm not sure).

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Thermia Palace in Piešťany

According to this wiki page (translated), the Thermia Palace opened in 1912 and at the time was the leading spa in Central Europe.  Alfons Mucha was a frequent visitor.

The stamp is one of the first series of stamps issued by Czechoslovakia in 1918 depicting the Hradčany Castle and designed by Alfons Mucha.
wiki link

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Monday, 9 June 2014

Beirut - Stone-pine avenue

'Our camp is among these trees'.

Postcard from c1914.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sunday stamps

For this week's planes theme, I have a somewhat mixed cover from 1969 - a 4d Concorde stamp with a slogan cancellation -  Manchester Airport salutes Alcock and Brown 1919 - 1969 - marking the 50th anniversary of the 1st transatlantic flight.  Cancellation date is 24 March 1969 (the slogan was in use from January 1 to July 31 that year).
Read more about Alcock and Brown's transatlantic flight here.

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

a great granny

I think.
However, grannies can be great in many ways other than generationally (is that a word?).
The lady above was probably both.

Friday, 6 June 2014

a train journey in 1974

Vale of Rheidol Railway - wiki link.
Devil's Bridge station - wiki link.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Monday, 2 June 2014

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