Monday, 23 February 2015

candyfloss on a cold day

Bobble hats and candyfloss - not usually images associated with one another.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

I think you'll find . . .

that's where the dog usually sits.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Friday, 20 February 2015

name that dance . . . if you can . . .

I'm not sure, but miss floral dress hasn't yet put on her black flats, which can be seen carelessly thrown across the floor.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

still waiting . . .

. . . but possibly sitting on the other side of the hall, as the coat pegs weren't in the previous picture.
Those with an eye for detail may notice that today the young lady in the floral dress has white high heels on, yesterday black flats.  I think the photos are of the same party, but she took two pairs of shoes with her.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday stamps II 8

For this week's theme of ships, I have a stamp issued by Egypt in 1975 to mark the re-opening of the Suez Canal on June 5.  It had been closed since 1967.

I'm linking with Sunday Stamps II hosted by Violet Sky at 'See it on a Postcard'.

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

door to a secret world . . .

I like to think that the doorway in the wall will lead the little girl (who actually may be the only one who can see it) to a secret world . . . kind of like a 1950's variation on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden'.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

'write soon'

Photo sent from the US to the UK many years ago.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sunday stamps II 7

For this week's theme of water, I have several covers with cancellations/slogans.
Firstly from 1971 a Maritime Mail cancel on an envelope addressed to the Metropolitan Water Board. Perhaps the sender went off to sea and then remembered an unpaid water rates bill. The airmail envelope just adds another unanswerable question to the mystery.

Next a selection of covers/cancels promoting Ports - Port of London, Dover, Manchester and Portsmouth and Southsea.

I'm linking with Sunday Stamps II hosted by Violet Sky at 'See it on a Postcard'.  Head on over there for more stamps and mail.
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

'Aunt Sylvia & Uncle Horace'

The bow tie might be the proof that this 'identified' Uncle Horace is indeed the same man who was in yesterday's picture.
The 'framing' within the picture is very similar to effects achieved in photoshop, my only concern is the shaping seems to suggest horns.

Monday, 26 January 2015

possibly . . .

'Uncle Horace', husband of Auntie Sylvia (seen on Saturday).

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday stamps (or not)

As I didn't have stamp for this week's theme, I found a cover from 1969 which also doesn't have a stamp (although it should have).  Hence an 8d (that's 8 pence in old money) to pay.  I think the letter rate at the time was 4d, so the Post Office just doubled it, nowadays they add £1 to the underpayment. Anyway although this envelope missed out on a stamp, it still received a slogan cancellation - Family Welfare Association Centenary Year London 1869 -1969.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

'Aunt Sylvia'

'Aunt Sylvia, Grandma's sister'

Friday, 23 January 2015


This may be the younger girl in yesterday's picture, or if not a relative, as these photos 'belong' together.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

sisters in gingham

Unfortunately I don't know the name of these girls, who are probably sisters.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday stamps II - 5

This week for the theme of 'organizations', I have a stamp issued by Egypt in 1994 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the union between the Red Crescent and the Red Cross (IFRC). (wiki link)

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

from Santiago ~ 18 January 1951

Sometimes other cards, papers and letters are tucked into an old Victorian album.  This postcard was in the 'smoky' album.   I think Joyce was related (though a couple of generations on and maybe not in a direct line) to the baby in the photo I posted earlier this week.   Obviously Joyce had a penfriend in Chile.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


this cdv is in an album which I bought a few years back. The album itself is in quite poor repair and in my scanning is described as 'the smoky album', it has a smell of smoke from a coal fire. This particular cdv, probably from the 1890s, is very yellowed and so I've edited it a little to try and clear the picture, which is quite sweet.

Taken by the photographer J F Beaumont of Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne, the reverse has a lovely design with a fan, bamboo and a bird that looks like it might be a stork.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sunday stamps II - 4

For this week's 'famous people/portraits' theme, I have an fdc with the set for the death centenary of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (wiki link), issued 10 March 1992.  As his death date was actually 6 October (according to wiki), the stamp issue in March seems a little premature.

The artwork which is intermingled with Tennyson's portrait is -

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Friday, 9 January 2015


photo by 'The Unique Photo Co., 128½ Gt Hampton Street, Birmingham'.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

dressed for winter

RPPC from mid/late 1920s.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

1951 (2)

. . . with days of the Saints.

Monday, 5 January 2015


pocket calendar from Blondy's Bar, Tripoli, (could be Lebanon or Libya).
more tomorrow .  . . 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sunday Stamps II 3

A kitten and a puppy, stamps pretty much guaranteed to make you smile.

From the set commemorating 150 years of the RSPCA (apologies as I have shown these before, but they are so sweet).

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Friday, 2 January 2015

Bonne Année

To Doris
From Leonard
B.A. means a happy new year.  But their you no French. 
We are in Belgium now.  Not much to do.  Sorry I couldn’t write for Xmass.  But we were on the march, and not much time.  Will write soon.  Hope your Mother is keeping well & also yourself  & Minnie & her people.  I hope you have had a happy Xmass. 
Now I must say good by with love from Len.  xx
Hope to hear from you soon.

I have shown this postcard before, but I didn't include the message on the reverse.

Bonne Année!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year 1915

To my Father wishing you a Bright and Happy New Year
                                   Mr James Tracy
                                      40 Bk Grosvenor St
                                           Stalybridge Cheshire

I haven't (as yet) been able to identify with any certainty who Mr James Tracy was, nor his son the sender of this postcard.

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