Saturday, 30 April 2011

Good luck!

This wedding horseshoe dates from 1952.  I didn't see yesterday's bride carrying a horseshoe or a rolling pin for that matter.
Wedding card also 1952.

Friday, 29 April 2011

a big day . . .

a dip into the world of orphaned photos, the wedding is a snapshot from 1945.
the street party is, I thought at first for the Coronation, but it could be VE day as the little boy looks very much like the boy in the wedding snap, I've posted a similar shot earlier this year.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

I wonder if the chap with the glasses, second from the right is the father of Eric and Bob.  The photo is from the same bundle.  1940s.  Or I might be out with the date and the chap is actually Eric or Bob, or this boy  dressed for his National Service (or something).  My first thought with the date is 1940s, but then the dormer window in the background, made me wonder if loft conversions or rooms in attics were done at that time.  So I'm not sure.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

before you go . . .

this is one of those first World War photos that just leaves so many questions and is so poignant.  Sadly there is no information on the reverse.

Monday, 25 April 2011

another page . . .

. . .  from the snapshot album of the family holiday in the late 1920s.

In this photo, the houses do look very close to the beach and there might even be a path over the rocks up to the road.  In the background, one person is spotted sitting at the rocks, and on the right side, it looks like a man disappearing behind those rocks.

It would be nice to know what happened to those 3 girls . . .

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter

Sent from Maidenhead to Stourbridge in 1908.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Post Office, Aylmer, Ontario

somehow connected to the photo of Kate and May, but I haven't quite found the link.

Friday, 22 April 2011


Another of the photos from the little antique shop. 

Thursday, 21 April 2011

a snapshot

of a war time wedding. 
"To you Darling Faye
 with all my love
your loving Hubby . . ."

Hubby's initials are hard to read.  Quite a small immediate family group photo with an absence of mothers, but fathers who look quite similar.  The groom appears to have injured hands.  

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

a happy family

Presumed 1930s, they look really happy with their baby in the backyard and quite dressed up.  It's a photo postcard, but no names or name of the photographer/location.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Kate and May

written on the reverse:
Kate Martin
May Bennett

I presume Kate and May are the little girls, and that they may be cousins as they look very close in age.  I think the lady is possibly their grandmother, but I don't know.  I did a bit of hunting around, but haven't been able to find out anything more about them.

Edit: I was thinking this was late Edwardian, maybe a little later.  I got the photo in a small antique shop and as there wasn't much paper stuff (which will have come from house clearances), then probably most of the bits and pieces were from the same place, so I thought the lady's name was possibly Beatrice Martin, judging by other postcards addressed to her (which I didn't buy and the surname repeating on this photo), but I haven't had any joy so far in finding the family.  The girl on the right is holding a doll, the other girl looks to be holding a toy cat (or similar).  I did make out that were tulips on the window sill.

Monday, 18 April 2011

wireless . . .

as it used to be.
Although this photo probably dates from the early 1940s, I imagine the sitting room to look very much like it did in December 1936 when the family gathered round the wireless to listen to the abdication speech of Edward VIII.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

"I Help my Pals"

 is the motto of the Tailwagger's Club, who still exist today and you can find them here.
I don't know the exact date that this medallion was received, as it is number 468 403, then probably the early 1930s.  The mystery is who was the dog that joined, and did that dog become part of our family as that isn't anyone I know on the name or address engraved.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

when the shine has gone . . .

from the late 1970s, unearthed in a box of polish and brushes under the sink whilst looking for furniture polish - of which there was none left, so I can't do that today, shame.

Friday, 15 April 2011


Another now unknown young man from c1912.
The photographer was Harold Squibbs (1883-1946).  Born and married in Somerset, his photographic studio was in Cardigan, Wales.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

a few words . . .

 from the pier at Blackpool in 1930.  Well actually I am not too sure of the exact photo date, it was sent in August of 1930 from Stoke on Trent, but the photo itself looks earlier in the year (or even the year before) as a number of the ladies have animals draped around their necks and heavier coats, and the umbrella suggests the man in the centre may have been expecting a shower.

"Dear B & D
Pleased to receive your P.C. & to hear that you arrived safe.  Hope you are having a good time & nice weather, with love, Ma & Dad."

Sent to: Mr & Mrs C Nicklin, c/o Ingle Nook, York Road, Colwyn Bay. N W (North Wales).

Without knowing Ma & Dad's real names, the reasearch didn't get anywhere on this one.  

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

April 13th

 1876 was when this postcard was sent to Messrs. M J Rice & Co, at the Smithfield Works, Sherlock Street, Birmingham.  Mr Rice was Matthew James Rice, born in December 1824 in Gloucestershire.  He was an apprentice engineer, and at some time during the 1840s, he moved from Gloucestershire to Birmingham, by 1861 he had his own 'works' and was employing 'one man and one boy'.  He married Mary Ann Newton in 1855, but I haven't found any records of them having children.  They moved from Birmingham to Kenilworth, where he lived until his death in 1897, at the age of 72. 
I don't have any connections to Matthew Rice, maybe I have his photo and don't know it . . . yet.

from W Bayliss & Co, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham
"April 13/76
please not to send your men to our place on Good Friday as our works will be closed.  We shall be open on Saturday by 6 a.m. & shall expect you then
please oblige"

Postcard from my collection.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

caught on film . . .

from the same 'lot' of photos as yesterday's image.  This appears to show two boy scouts having their lunch on a bench, but is that hand reaching in from the left giving or taking an apple?  And who is the boy who walked into the shot?  Chances are we will never know.

Monday, 11 April 2011

seeing double . . .

Twins in (almost) matching sailor suits with twin teddy bears sitting on the grass in the back garden.  I'm not sure if technically this shot counts as a double exposure or it's just how the film was developed, but the washing lines, chimneys and rooftops at the bottom is great.  It doesn't quite seem to match the laundry hanging at the top of this image, so it must be the start of the next image (rather than there being 2 shots of the boys in the garden).  This photo came in a bag of old photos and I've been through the lot several times hoping to find the rest of the image with the washing, but it appears not to have been printed or at least not kept.  Maybe it was just the end of the film. . .
Presumed 1930s (maybe '40s).

Sunday, 10 April 2011

" soon after he joined up "

This is another of the found photos which must have been sent back to the UK from relatives in the US.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

light apple green

I wonder if wooden cotton reels will ever make a comeback.

Friday, 8 April 2011

'Nora, Bob, Me, Eric'

Nora is the young lady in the uniform, and the boys look like twins.  I don't know the other lady's name, who I think is the boys' mother.  This photo is one of my favourites, I think it contains so many stories, yet so many unknowns too.  It's probably 1939/1940 and they look like they may have been to see someone off, that could be a bus station or entrance to a railway station behind them.  I wonder if the twins would have been evacuated later on the war, depending where they lived.  They look very sweet in their matching coats and berets and holding hands really tightly.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

in the back garden . . .

amongst the flowers.
Found photo.  The dog's name is Ruff.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

the lady with the hydrangeas

At first I thought this RPPC was taken in a sort of garden restaurant/tea room at a hotel, but the way the hydrangea pots are standing in trays it looks like it may well be in the conservatory at the lady's house.

Sent to Italy in 1937 the stamp is Edward VIII 1½ d.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

a page . . .

from a rather tatty snapshot album which I found at a flea market at the weekend.  Most of the photos depict a 1920s holiday to the seaside.  Unfortunately although the owner stuck the pictures in very well, he or she didn't write any names or dates.

Today I shall not mention anything about the hats at all, except to say they are all wonderful, whatever the age of the person, and my inability to wear a certain kind of hat is entirely my own responsibility (ie fault).

Monday, 4 April 2011

the aunts again . . .

this time in portrait rather than landscape format.  It must have been a different day as the auntie on the left (Auntie Maisy according to the back of the photo) is wearing a different dress and has abandoned her beret for a hat with a brim.  One of my mom's aunties used to wear a beret, I like seeing berets in old photos but personally I have never been able to wear one, not even when I was a Brownie guide and it was part of the uniform, I could never get it to sit right, maybe it's a generational thing. 
Back to the photo, it looks cooler than the first time we saw the aunts as both are wearing coats.  We still don't know where they are, but wherever it is, their hired deckchairs are very close to the prom (and not far from the public conveniences according to the signpost just visible in the background).  The other lady is 'Antie Hilda' (who wasn't in yesterday's photo).

Sunday, 3 April 2011

aunts . . .

(found photo) aunts on a day out at the seaside, they look quite jolly ladies to have gone on an outing to the seaside with.  1930s, maybe early 1940s, I think.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Could it be . . . ?

This 1960s 'found' snapshot looks like the changing of the guard (or similar parade), probably at Windsor Castle (I still haven't managed to get round all these castles ;)).  But look to the left of the image, the lady with the handbag, who appears to have just alighted from that rather smart car, and who has obviously caught the eye of the policeman, could that be HM the Queen or the Queen Mother? 
Here we are undecided . . . I think it might be as this is just the kind of snapshot a visitor would be likely to take, with the car, the attention of the policeman all adding weight to that conclusion.  However another opinion says the Queen doesn't wear such flat shoes.  So then we arrived at the question, are those the Queen's legs?

Friday, 1 April 2011

just imagine . . .

Vereinigte Münchener Fremdenrundfahrten

Jos. Pöhlmann, Photograph, München, Bayernstr. 13-15. Telefon 11742.

going out on this charabanc.  You may have done if you were on a tourist trip somewhere in the vicinity of Munich (Germany) or the Black Forest before WW1.  The exact location is a mystery, the large house looks very impressive.  The ground looks a little wet, so maybe they may need the covers on later.
Although I don't know anyone on this trip, I was pleasantly surprised to see that a number of the passengers and the ticket conductor looked familiar. 
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