on this Victorian plate.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
this photo is a flea market find. I don't know if the men are military or policemen, nor who the ladies in the front row are. I can tell you the photographer's name, he is James H McLean,
by Special Appointment
HRH DUKE OF CONNAUGHT
HER MAJESTY'S ARMY'.
The Duke of Connaught was Prince Arthur (1850-1942), son of Queen Victoria. (I always have to look up the names/titles of Queen Victoria's children).
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
this is a found photo from an album I bought, the group look to be standing on the steps to a market hall or town hall (I'm assuming) and I wonder if they worked there. It is possibly somewhere in the Black Country as other photos in the album are by photographers in that area (Dudley, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham). I have magnified/enlarged it and tried to view the notices but haven't been able to read them. If you know where it might be, please let me know.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
I cannot imagine what the photographer (or his assistant) was thinking with this arrangement. I hate to think what the mothers said when the girls arrived home with their best dresses all covered in dust from those floorboards and then when they brought the photo home. Alas this photo was not a one off, as I recently saw another where the same 'tall girls lying down at the front' was the rule of the day.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
. . . is written on the reverse of this postcard of the then Prince of Wales (Edward who would have been Edward the VIII had he not abdicated). I don't know who Lucy sent the postcard to or when, as it hasn't gone through the post by itself.
I think he looks a little like Prince William.
Monday, 15 November 2010
this teapot dates I think from the 1940s or 1950s. The impressed mark is STATE GIBSONS ENGLAND, my little book on pottery & porcelain marks tells me that Gibsons used the 's' on the end of their name from the 1940s, but I don't know about the word STATE. I've always liked the stripes and the colours, it is quite crazed on the glaze, but inside is very clean and looks like it might never have been used.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
I remember we had the day off school to watch the royal wedding on tv, and it was before we had a colour tv so my mom went round next door to watch it. I didn't watch (though I can't remember what I did instead), but writing about it the next day at school called for some creative thinking (and large handwriting to fill the golden/yellow sheet of A4). It can't have been long after that that we got a colour tv, as we had one before Christmas.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
this pretty little vase has a transfer printed image of King George V and Queen Mary and is probably continental in origin (made to be sold in the UK). I'm not sure of its exact purpose, at 9cm it is quite small, so I think that it may have been part of a dressing table set, and maybe it should have hat pins in it.
Friday, 12 November 2010
would be one of my dreams, and Egypt, and in particular Cairo, in the first half of the 20th century would be one of my dream destinations.
This guide book dates from that time, originally published during the reign of King Fouad and then some pages added for King Farouk.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Sent from Plymouth to Birmingham in October 1918, this postcard must have gone face-up through the machine, the continuous postmark slogan reads:
FEED THE GUNS
WITH WAR BONDS
It's very hard, probably impossible, to really imagine what it must have been like to be living at that time.
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
A family on a day out or maybe a short off-season holiday (judging by the heavy coat the lady is wearing), perhaps a trip to Blackpool or North Wales.
Found photo, presumed late 1920s or probably more likely 1930s, no information re. photographer or location.