Tuesday, 30 September 2014

in patriotic colours . . .

. . . Miss Gabrielle Ray.
Postcard used in 1905.
At first glance, the flags look like a Union Jack (with the red and blue reversed) and a Netherlands flag also reversed, errors in colouring or for comedy, I don't know.
Here's a link to an uncoloured version of the same postcard (scroll down the page), and go further down the page and there's a different coloured version too.
Any help with identifying the flags appreciated :).

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday stamps

After an absence from 'Sunday Stamps', I'm back for this week's free theme with two stamps commemorating the centenary of Jean-François Champollion deciphering and translating the Egyptian hieroglyphics from the Rosetta stone in 1822. (wiki link).
The first stamp I have shown before, was issued by Egypt . . . 

. . . and the second stamp, which I recently found on a cover, was issued by France.

The French stamp also has an interesting (though not connected cancellation), SOS Amitié sounds like the French equivalent of the Samaritans here in the UK.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014


. . . but not thrown away.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

the pianist

A rather serious melody or one which requires intense concentration.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014

'The Smugglers'

Probably outside a pub in Cornwall.  Smiles all round.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

old school

possibly an old school photo, late 1920s.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Friday, 12 September 2014

'Miss Cleethorpes'

not in the 'beauty queen' sense, but in the boating world.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

on the shore

I don't know anything about this structure on the beach, but I'm wondering if it might be connected with coastline defences dating from the 1st World War.  The photo (snapshot) dates from the 1930s and is with a bundle of pictures, some with a connection to Cleethorpes, so that could suggest this is on the Lincolnshire Coast.  

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

on the beach

1930s snapshot, near the funfair and public toilets.
Obviously out of season given that the lady is wearing a winter coat.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

sandcastles at Cleethorpes

in front of the public toilets . . .
1930s  snapshot.

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Coburg Hotel, London

These found snaps show the Coburg Hotel, in the Bayswater Road, which is next to the Queensway underground station.  All the details are a little blurred, but it was just possible to make out the hotel and station name.

The Coburg was a location for filming Hitchcock's movie 'Frenzy' in 1972, though I would think from the car registration plates that this photo is from the 1960s. 

Today's google street view here.

Friday, 5 September 2014


dated August 1947 on the reverse.

Thursday, 4 September 2014


taken by Meech's Souvenir Snaps, Weymouth.  Dated 4 Sept 1959.
Standing in front of the Jubilee Clock built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

sunny Blackpool

Louis Tussaud's waxworks can just be seen in the background.  Early 1940s.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


September 1957, written on the reverse.

Monday, 1 September 2014

at Skegness

After being absent from blogging for several weeks, I thought a day or so at the seaside in the past may be nice.  So here was a day in Skegness, a seated 'walking picture', taken by 'Hudsons Portraits, Imperial Buildings, Opposite Pier, Skegness'.
Here's a link to a Frith photo from the 1950s of the Pier Hotel, which is probably around the time of this seaside souvenir.
If you had an idea to recreate the picture today, it would be impossible.  I think this is the google street view that would correspond.

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