Thursday, 30 June 2011

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

a cup of tea and a bit of knitting . . .


this Welsh lady postcard was sent in 1927 and is published as part of the Celesque series.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

'l'amour est comme une poire'

Une poire serait un fruit delicieux,
Si le monde n'etait pas si malicieux.


A pear would be a delicious fruit,
Were the world not so mischievous.

Postcard sent from Brussels to a Mademoiselle in Walthamstow, England, in 1906.  No message.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Now you see it . . .

. . . now you don't . . .


photos dated 1955, the car a 'Standard de lux'.
I'm not sure of the photographer's intention in this second shot, but I do like the result.

wiki link for Standard Motor Company.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Some more views of . . .

Plas Newydd, Llangollen.



All of these postcards are unused so don't give any clues as to the date, probably 1920s/30s.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Llanfair PG

postcard from the mid 1960s.
It makes you wonder what happened to the original sign when it got replaced by the one with the translation.
Wiki page link.

Friday, 24 June 2011

"I'll bring me aspidistra round to yours later, Delilah . . ."

"It's not unusual to find the leaves like that,
It's not unusual to see them look so pale,
But when I find them hanging all dry and lifeless there,
It's not unusual to see me cry . . .
I'm afraid the aspidistra will die . . ."

"But it happens all the time"

 
It was only when I was scanning these postcards that I thought these two ladies looked rather similar to the gossiping ones yesterday.    A quick change of skirt, shawl and pinny (apron), and gardening advice was on offer, whilst in the background the distant and somewhat futuristic (they are after all still in 1907) melody of 'the green green grass of home' could be heard.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

I wonder what these two are planning . . . ?

I thought it was time we had a look to see what the vintage Welsh ladies were doing.  :)
This postcard was sent in 1912. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

back in 1954 . . .


at Stonehenge when you were allowed to get much closer to the stones than you can now.
The photos come from an orphaned lot and are dated in the album.  I do hope that man in the background in the second photo isn't doing what it looks like he's doing!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

and just outside Llangollen town . . .


stands Plas Newydd, (link here) once the home of the Ladies of Llangollen (wiki link here) . 
The postcard above is the earliest one I have of the house and the postage on the reverse is 'inland ½d' indicating pre-1917/18.  This may be one of the wings and not the front view.
The next postcard is from the Valentine's series (again postally unused, with no postal rates printed), but I would have dated it to a similar period.  It doesn't have any sign of the railings and hard to tell what the sides would look like.  I think that the first photo postcard is an earlier photo, perhaps 1900-1905.  According to the (modern) guide book I have, the owners from 1890-1919 added an east wing to the house and created the formal gardens.

At the time of these postcards, Plas Newydd was still a private house.  It was 1932 when the local council bought it, and it was then opened to the public in 1933.  Unfortunately it doesn't look like this today (although it is still very nice and worth a visit).  The wings were demolished in the 1960s.

My apologies for not posting links re. Llangollen yesterday, here's the wiki page.  I didn't realise that the railway line was one of those under the Beeching axe in the 1960s, I visited about 4 (or even 5 years) ago and remember thinking how wonderful the station looked right by the River Dee and central to the town.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Llangollen


The second postcard was used 22 June 1931 (nearly 80 years ago), however the style of the postcards, both the Celesque series by the Photochrom Co Ltd, makes me think they would have been around from the 1920s.

Steven, is Llangollen on your list?
The station there is right by the bridge.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sunday Stamps


This French FDC dated 26 May 1973 commemorates the centenary of the birth of the aviator Alberto Santos Dumont (July 20 1873 - July 23 1932).  Here's the wiki page about him.  The stamp was issued as one of a set of 7 for the Red Cross Fund - Celebrities' Anniversaries.

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Emily . . .

I don't know who Emily sent or gave this to.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Memories . . .

I think the boys may be Eric and Bob, who we saw here, it's from the same lot of orphaned photos and I'm thinking late 1930s/early '40s.  I like everything about this photo.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

and another . . .

but this outing took the day-trippers to the seaside, Great Yarmouth in fact.  1920s.  Lovely array of hats, but not such an entertaining photographer.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

another day out . . .

at Trentham Gardens, maybe slightly off season, or maybe they just (and correctly so) anticipated rain.  Smiles all round and possibly more than might be expected in that weather.  Both photos are from the same orphaned 'lot', so in theory the same person or persons should appear in both.    I think the 3 children at the front are in both groups, possibly others too.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

a day out . . .

to Trentham Gardens in the 1950s.  Now despite this being an orphaned photo where all the faces are unknown to me, it is one location I recognise.  I haven't been there, but my mom used to go on trips to Trentham Gardens in the 1950s and we have a few photos from that time (though we don't have a group photo) and I have a guide book. 

Monday, 13 June 2011

at the lido . . .

Location and date unknown.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunday Stamps

My choice for this week's theme may be stretching it a little, so whilst these stamps may not look se-tenant in terms of the image/design, they were issued together on the same sheet . . .

 Issued by Egypt on 9 January 1960 to commemorate the laying of the foundation stone of the Aswan High Dam.  (wiki link here).

The vintage postcard I have of the dam is undated, it depicts the earlier dam, the Aswan low dam.

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

is there anybody there?

We've seen this back garden before (remember Ruff the dog?), well actually this might be the one next door to Ruff's garden, although having said that from closely comparing the snapshots I think one of the negatives got printed the reverse way and this is in fact Ruff's garden.   Anyway this snapshot has an interesting figure - well what looks like a pair of legs and feet standing next to the lawn roller.  Hhhhmmm?

Friday, 10 June 2011

faraway in time and thought . . .

this young lady has a faraway look in her eye, I think she is in mourning, her dress looks black and her necklace looks like it may be jet.  Below her left wrist she has a cross on a rosary, and I think she may be holding flowers.  Presumed mid-1870s, this cdv is one of a 'bundle' I have, I don't know if all of them 'belong' together (ie if they all originate from one album or family) but some of them certainly do, as faces look not dissimiliar and there is a continuity in location and photographers visited.  The photographer in this instance was J Greer of 48, Church Street, Pendleton, Manchester.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

semi-detached suburban . . .

2 homes, 2 downstairs windows with different net curtains, 2 front doors, one creeper.  One door open, hence presumed one family at the one gate.  Location unknown.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

the dream . . .

 "on gently rocking waves, let us outline the dream
which charms the heart, let it never end"

I do so hope that Bill made it safely through the War and got to go boating on the pool at Perry Barr with Beattie.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

all dressed up . . .

a 'confusing' image, as far as I can see, they are all men and I think fund-raising (the chap on the left is holding a couple of collection tins - but I can't see what they are in aid of).  I really can't say about the date, it is very sepia and the reverse of the postcard I would say 1930s/40s.  But really I have no idea . . .

Monday, 6 June 2011

Hello, hello, hello . . .

 "Thank you for your Post Cards
I have received
Suppose you are like this now
Rose"
I am sure Rose was better off without him.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday Stamps

For today's free choice theme, I chose this FDC from the British Anniversaries set (issued 29 May 1968)  which depicts the statue of Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst and commemorates Votes for Women 1918 - 1968. 
The slogan chosen for the cover (which isn't the official PO cover) isn't 100% accurate though as the women's suffrage movement (in various forms) was active from the mid/late 1800s, 1918 is (as the stamp implies) the date the vote was granted - it was granted to women over 30 (with conditions attached - the woman had to be a householder or married to a householder or have a degree; it was 1928 before all adults over 21 had the right to vote). 
The stamp is one of a set of 4, the other values are 4d Trades Union Congress; 1s RAF; 1/9 Captain James Cook. 

PS.  As I was wondering what to do for this week's theme and looking through some 'stuff', I came across another Mother's Day stamp from Egypt (included here as I will have forgotten about it probably by that time next year).  
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Saturday, 4 June 2011

outside No. 42.

which looks to be a very nice semi-detached house, with an elderly husband and wife standing on the doorstep, there appear to be some kind of decoration - possibly floral tributes - at the edge of the grass.  The one on the left looks to have the letters E V, and so I wondered if the other decorations might contain I I and so could they be some kind of decoration for either the coronation (August 1902) or the death of Edward VII (6 May 1910).  This is pure speculation and maybe if it were the coronation, there would be more festive decorations, so maybe it was 1910.  I don't know, but I was curious about the EV.

Friday, 3 June 2011

someone's aunt . . .

this is Dorothy, who was someone's Aunt.  This 3cm x 4cm portrait was stuck into a corner of a small Edwardian snapshot album.  At the moment I don't know anything more about Dorothy, though that may change.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

in the backyard . . .

Notice the lady is wearing one of those tight fitting bangles just above her elbow.  Presumed mother and daughter, possibly 1940s, post war.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

a day at the zoo

this vintage postcard has an Edward VII stamp, possibly 1907 cancellation. 
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